Why People are Afraid to Talk about Mental Health

No one wants to be a stigma.

People who experience mental health can feel alone. They have no one to talk to that may understand what is going on. Talking to friends and family members can be beneficial but not relatable. At first, a person may not want to admit they have an illness (I witness this all the time at work). But with the education and tools to understanding their illness, they slowly start to accept why they are hospitalized and appreciate the help when it is time for them to leave. It’s important to not only inform someone what they have but to give them an understanding that they too can conquer their mental illness. Sadly enough, we live in a society that gives mental health a stigma, which makes it difficult for people to get help and accept treatment.

Why does society do this? What’s the purpose? We march for health issues but when it comes to mental health we give the side eye. 

Some people act as if mental health does not exist. Others have no desire to be a part of the topic because they feel that the matter is not important to them. It is easy to talk about mental health when a disaster happens, but that’s not the ONLY time we need to talk about it. Mental health should be a part of daily conversations. People should obtain mental health resources without feeling like an outcast or think the world is judging them. Mental health is just as important as our medical health and it’s time society takes this topic seriously.

We have to do better for our community and generations after us

When a tragedy is caused by someone who experienced a mental break, it’s common to be shocked. After we learn they experience mental illness we hear a few things about their diagnoses and that’s it. But why wait for things to get to that point? If a person is not taking care of themselves mentally, it can lead to harming themselves or others or worse, death.

What is mental health? For starters, it’s something society seems to have a hard time understanding. How can anyone accept something when we don’t understand it?

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What You NEED to Know about Psychiatric Care

Psychiatric hospitals are not always satisfying. Many clients have different experiences when they are admitted to this kind of facility. I meet with patients and often hear this: I’ve never been through something like this before. I don’t know how THIS works, or I am
not REALLY CRAZY like the rest of these people. 
Some patients have a genuine concern about the process while other clients think they are TOO GOOD to receive mental health treatment. Those patients believe inpatient level of care does not gratify them and they do not want to be labeled as going to the crazy house. They’ll say: I have to get back home to my children, or I have to go to work I can’t stay here!

Despite their reasons for not wanting to be in the hospital, an assessment must take place by a psychiatrist or psychiatric care professional before they are released. Someone who suffers from a heart attack or severe illness, do not tell physicians they have to go home because they have other things to do. They accept the assessment and recommendation from the doctor, however, patients in psychiatric care do not always agree with treatment due to the stigma society placed on mental health.

Having a mental illness DOES NOT mean you are CRAZY! A tragedy can cause you to have a mental disorder: the death of a loved one or loss of a job are common stressors that provoke depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. The stigma society puts on mental health can make the average person not understand someone who suffers from mental disorders. Mental health needs to be an open discussion just like other health issues. The more we are aware of what to do and how to treat individuals who suffer from mental illness, the more people are willing to accept treatment.

So why is psychiatric care important? It’s vital because Mental Health Professionals are trained to educated and help clients obtain stability with their mental health needs. Having a disorder is not easy to treat. It’s not a visible injury that you can watch heal. Mental illness is from within. There’s no scratch from depression (unless you are self-harming yourself) which makes it complicated to provide treatment for a patient. Psychiatrist and other Mental Health Professionals observe behaviors, document the medications patients receive and listen to clients who are open about their problems. Continue reading “What You NEED to Know about Psychiatric Care”

5 Reason Vacations are Crucial for your Mental Health

Every day we report to work and focus on what we need to do in order to succeed in our careers. We schedule appointments, meet deadlines, and fry our brains for hours at a time. We do this daily resulting in stress, self-doubt, and frustration. We get flustered, forget things, and sometimes take shortcuts instead of completing assignments the right way. We’ve all been there, that’s why this blog post is critical. It hits home for a lot of people who work and need a break from life. It’s important to give our minds a rest, as a matter of fact, it should be a requirement.

I know people that run off of energy drinks, works two or three jobs for years at a time and have no idea what it means to take a vacation. These people can be grumpy, lose insight on their goals, and forget their purpose in life, all because they don’t take a break from work. Taking our mind and body away from our work space does a lot for our mental health. Everyone should take a vacation at least once a year. If you can squeeze in two vacations per year that’s great, and if you can go more than twice a year, you’re doing better than most Americans! I conducted some research and read that thirty-five percent of Americans will take a vacation this year, are you a part of that 35 percent?

In May, I went on a cruise. This was my first time cruising and I must say I enjoyed the experience. The hubby and I met people from different parts of the world, and I visited some cool islands all within seven days. It was nice, well needed, and made me sad when it was time to return home.

Travel Agent Central Stats: 35 Percent of
Americans to Take Family Vacations This Year – by Newsdeck 

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How Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs Help with Mental Health

New patients admitted into a psychiatric facility sometimes struggle with understanding the process of being in a hospital. Many
living-room-728731_1920patients think they are okay after taking a dose of medications, and participating in two or three mental health groups. It’s common to hear patients say: It was a mistake, I wasn’t really going to hurt myself, or I don’t need to be here. However, when someone is reluctant to obtain treatment, it becomes difficult to educate them about mental health. Patients meet with a psychiatrist and other mental health professions while at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. During their inpatient stay, they will learn about coping skills, positive thinking skills, recreational skills, and have the ability to express their stressors and how to manage them. Patients are estimated to stay on an inpatient unit for seven to fourteen days. This is short compared to how long patients stayed in psychiatric hospitals decades ago. However, upon discharge, patients receive resources that will help them with treatment on a different level of care. Ongoing treatment typically is long term and helps patients process their mental health issues outside of a hospital setting.

There are programs across Maryland that assist patients with daily living skills. These skills can range from simple task like getting dressed, to difficult task like locating a job or identifying triggers. Patients discharged from an inpatient facility or have a difficult time with stressors in life, may be referred to a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP). These programs give patients emotional and intellectual structure that is required to improve in their day-to-day living skills.

Some individuals live by themselves and have little to no family support. Families who are supportive, are not always available to provide a person what they need to manage their mental illness.  When clients are in a PRP, families have a sense of security knowing their loved one is learning the necessary tools to control their mental illness. Here are a few things that are structured at a PRP: Continue reading “How Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs Help with Mental Health”

How Coloring Relieves Stress

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Have you ever wondered why kids enjoyed coloring? I use to think it was a great way to keep them quiet. As a parent, it works in many ways. Those moments of quiet time while coloring is priceless! Unless your child prefers to talk and ask thousands of questions while coloring. If so, then that’s okay too! But overall coloring displays creativity, and almost all children are proud of their coloring once they are done. It’s nice to post it on the refrigerator or somewhere in your office. It’s a nice piece of art, despite what the end results may look like.

Years ago when I worked on a child inpatient psychiatric unit, our patients love to color. It was a way to start the day after they ate breakfast or during goals group. Coloring was a way to keep them calm and refrain from distractions. Most of the times the task worked, and other times it was challenging but overall, the patient’s enjoyed coloring. It was a good coping skill and most importantly it broke the ice especially when a new patient was admitted to the unit.

Some patients took their time, staying in the lines and outlining prior to shading in the photo, others colored carelessly, overall it was therapeutic to them and to some, it was quite rewarding. Shy patients became expressive by telling stories and others talked about social events. I was amazed of how a simple task gave the opportunity for children to express themselves emotionally.

There were times when I’d join in and color with them, it was easier to ask questions and engage in conversation whenever I participated in the same activity. Often times it made me think about my childhood days. I colored all the time when I was by myself. I remember when I was a kid, my uncle and I coloring pages from my coloring book on my grandma’s living room floor. His picture was neat because he stayed in the lines. The white photo came to life with vibrant colors. He shaded the picture perfectly and it wasn’t long before I compared my picture to his. Our conversation was minimum he asked me about school and common things an adult would ask an elementary student. My uncle passed a few years later it’s amazing how that moment stays in my mind til this day. Continue reading “How Coloring Relieves Stress”