School District Holds Wellness Event, Highlights Importance Of Mental Health

Mental health

Mental health

The California bishops also identified the scope and burden of mental illness today, noting that the National Institute of Mental Health says one in five adults in the USA suffered from a mental disorder over the previous year and almost 10 million American adults - about one in 25 - have a mental illness that is severe enough to cause serious functional impairment. Christiansen said she knows that all too well.

"Having a mental health illness is still a taboo subject in 21st century Britain - and I want to do something to break that".

Christiansen urged people who think they may have a mental health condition to seek help and to do so before "stage 4".

The statistics say that one in five individuals is living with mental illness in this country.

But she recalled the words of a doctor that got through to her, telling her "I can't save you, you have to find the strength inside".

She continued on to encourage others who also struggle with mental health issues and said, "But I had this notion when I was younger that if something didn't work once, or if a therapist didn't work, or if a medication didn't work, that nothing would ever work", she adds. State services, like COACT Colorado, are available for kids and their families who need mental and behavioral health support, especially those at-risk who need multiple providers in their community.

"As violence threatens communities across the nation, schools present an important opportunity for recognizing early signs of mental health problems in children and teens", school district officials said in a statement.

If a mentally ill person keeps the problem buried, then it's likely their lives will fall apart and that will have a pebble effect reaching out to other family members, friends and work colleagues.

They recommend seeking help if for more than two to four weeks you have trouble with sleeping and eating, are feeling depressed or hopeless, are anxious, have trouble focussing on daily activities, have recurring thoughts or nightmares about the event or are avoiding activities or places that are reminders of the event.

In the run up to the event the pet food company is running a Facebook competition asking customers to share stories of how their pets have change lives.

"Promoting effective strategies for dealing with mental health issues is hugely important, and we hope that through this partnership we'll be able to promote the excellent work of Mental Health Foundation and Racing Welfare to our audiences both on course and through At The Races".

"It's always pretty much the same message, that mental health disorders, they're pretty common", she said.

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