Mental Health Awareness Month Helps Fight Stigma

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed annually in the month of May to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness. The purpose of this observance is to reduce stigma, educate the public about mental health conditions, and promote access to mental health resources and support.

Stigma can be a significant barrier to seeking help and treatment for mental health issues. People may be hesitant to talk about their mental health concerns or seek help because they fear being judged, fear being called “crazy,” or fear being discriminated against. Stigma can also lead to feelings of shame, embarrassment, and isolation, which can worsen the symptoms of mental illness.

Reducing mental health stigma is important to ensure that people feel comfortable seeking help and receiving treatment for their mental health concerns. This can be achieved through education, awareness-raising campaigns, and promoting more positive and accurate representations of mental health in the media and popular culture.

There are many different types of mental health illnesses, and each may have its own unique signs and symptoms.

It’s important to note that these symptoms can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, trauma, or physical illness. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. Seeking help for mental health concerns can feel overwhelming or intimidating, but there are many resources available to help you. A mental health professional can help provide a diagnosis, as well as appropriate treatment and support.

General Signs & Symptoms of Mental Health Illness May Include:​

  1. Changes in mood: Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, or anxiety.
  2. Changes in behavior: A sudden change in sleeping or eating habits, withdrawal from social activities or hobbies, increased use of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Cognitive changes: Difficulty concentrating, memory problems, or indecisiveness.
  4. Physical symptoms: Unexplained aches and pains, changes in appetite or weight, feeling tired all the time.
  5. Delusions or hallucinations: Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there.
  6. Suicidal thoughts: Thinking about death or self-harm, expressing a desire to die or harm oneself.

Here are some steps you can take to seek help for your mental health:​

  1. Talk to your doctor: Your primary care physician can help assess your symptoms and provide a referral to a mental health professional if needed.
  2. Reach out to a mental health professional.
  3. Contact a mental health hotline: If you are in crisis or need immediate support, you can contact a mental health hotline such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741).
  4. Seek support from a friend or loved one: Talking to someone you trust can help you feel less alone and provide emotional support.

Remember, seeking help for mental health concerns is a sign of strength, not weakness. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support if you need it. At PsyCare, we treat patients on a wide array of conditions, and have an excellent team of doctors, therapists, and administrators, who are caring, qualified and experienced. Contact Us, we are here to help.


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