The Importance of Mental Health

Do you take care of your mental health?

Do you view it as something as important as your physical health? We hope you do, and if you don’t, we hope that this article contains information that allows you to take a step back and evaluate your mental health. 

According to the CDC, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Mental health impacts every aspect of your day to day, and it fluctuates based on various factors. But regardless of why you might be feeling a certain way, it is important to recognize your mental state and take steps to improving your mental health.

The truth about mental illness

Mental illness, especially depression, increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, according to the CDC.

In fact, mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.

A few key stats about mental health

More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.

1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.

1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

It’s never a bad time to talk to a trusted friend, therapist, teacher, or doctor about your mental health. It is just as important as physical health, and you should never neglect negative feelings.

They’re normal, what you’re going through is normal, and it’s okay to ask for help.