Advocating for Mental Health Care on World Mental Health Day

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 10/9/20 9:20 AM

World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct.10 each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) established this observance to raise global awareness and mobilize efforts around supporting mental health. This day offers an opportunity to discuss mental health care, and bring forth resources,tips and tools for navigating mental health diagnosis and treatment.
Over the past few months, physicians across Dignity Health Medical Group’s network have provided valuable insights around navigating the many facets of mental health. Psychologists, family medicine physicians and pediatricians have offered their perspectives and advice on the subject, whether its checking in with our children to ensure they’re coping well with the changes in their routines, or learning to navigate our emotions through resilience.

Dignity Health offers virtual visits to connect patients with a provider who will help guide you through challenging times by assessing your condition and suggesting an appropriate treatment. Virtual visits can be a great tool for diagnosing and treating any mental health issues. Many people experienced increased stress and anxiety this past year and virtual visits have allowed our physicians to connect with patients from the safety of their homes. It helps to talk to a professional about the physical symptoms you might be experiencing, especially when issues like stress and anxiety can lead to other, more serious concerns, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Symptoms of depression can rise to the forefront during periods of isolation and loneliness. Depression does not look the same for everyone and it helps to seek guidance from a professional who can help you identify symptoms by being mindful of your thought patterns and changes in behavior.

Whether it’s checking in with our children to ensure they are coping well with changes in their routines, or recognizing and addressing our own emotions as we navigate highs and lows, it’s important to acknowledge the potential long-term effects of mental health issues.

Fortunately, experts are helping people become aware of the importance of caring for our mental health. This year, WHO is underscoring the importance of advocating for mental health through their first ‘Big Event for Mental Health.’ The virtual event on Oct. 10 will bring world leaders, mental health experts and celebrity guests together to discuss what can be done to make sure quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.

This World Mental Health Day, we encourage you to actively participate in the conversation and ensure you’re not only looking after your own mental health, but also helping others who need support. If you are struggling, please know you are not alone. Reach out for help to a loved one, a professional – there are many online and virtual resources available – or a friend. Asking for help is the most courageous step toward healing.

If you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, your primary care provider can help provide guidance, resources, and help connect you with a counselor. In case of an immediate mental health emergency, please call 911.

Topics: Behavioral Health

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