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May is Mental Health Awareness month, and I think this is the perfect time to remind ourselves and others that we need to take care of our minds.
People aren’t either mentally healthy or mentally ill. Mental health is constantly fluctuating, just as your physical health is. Your environment - be it your job, your family, your school, or just a combination of life - directly affects your mental health.
When people are diagnosed with physical health problems – like diabetes or heart disease, even a cold! – they don’t wait to seek in treatment in hopes their illness will disappear on its own. Yet, most mental health problems go untreated for years. Unfortunately, without treatment mental health problems may get worse, making them more difficult to treat.
Nearly 1 in 5 people experienced a diagnosable mental health problem in the last year, and many other people are at risk, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The vast majority of people struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses suffer in silence.
So please take this time to reflect and assess your mental health. Are you stressed? Depressed? Feeling frustrated or confused or unsure about where you are in life? Do you just need an ear to listen and someone to tell you that you can make it through?
Even if you feel like you're completely alone, there is always, always someone waiting to listen. There is always someone rooting for you - from problems ranging from stress over school all the way to contemplating suicide. Every mental struggle is worth a solution.

If you need help, or just want to talk:

Crisis Chat: Talk about stress and other problems anonymously and get non-judgmental support.
United Way Hotline: 1-800-233-HELP

Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)

I also think that a big problem is the negative stigma about going to therapy. There is nothing shameful about it and it doesn't make you 'crazy' by any means!
Another reason folks have a hard time coming out for help in any manner for any kind of help is peer pressure from family inside the home & friends and relatives they know, fear & acknowledgement of judgment. It's hard enough to have the problems without worrying about how to get treatment worrying about everyone around and having ta go about your daily life too, and also fight to keep them and their awful judgements, accusations, etc., off your back with every move you make steadily trying to get yourself help while they keep pulling you back down as you keep trying to climb that gigantic mountain!!
@kristenadams So true! I think that is the main reason why so many people don't go get help. Even talking to a school counselor can have a seriously positive effect on your mind as a student
Sharing this card! Thanks @galinda
Thanks for sharing! Being a domestic abuse survivor, suffering PTSD and depression I could not have survived without professional help from the Counselors, Crisis Line, Domestic Abuse Center, Psychiatrist. Mental Health is a chemical imbalance and like any other disease such as diabetes, heart disease, etc and there is no stigma with those diseases. Society some day will be educated to know Mental Health is no different than the other diseases and there should be no stigma attached. Also, I have noticed there are generally no issues with those who are drug or alcohol addicts and no stigma attached to them. They have a disease that leads them to usually to being addicts so why does Society accept Addiction so readily and not Mental Health? I feel its all a part of being and staying healthy our entire lives. I say thank you to all those in the Mental Health profession and especially to those who helped me survive. Thanks for sharing!Those suffering, please get help, it could save your life if not immediately at least in the long run. You're worth saving!