Why Mental Health Is Important

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Throughout the years, discussing mental health and seeking mental health professionals for assistance have thankfully become more and more accepted. We’re starting to see more posts online and discussions offline about mental health and how everyone may be impacted by it. As mental health comes more and more into the light, we must remember why mental health is important in the first place.

Below, you can find more information on mental health and why it is important.

What is mental health?

We see mental health being discussed left and right, but what exactly is mental health? Well, 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 is prominent in all stages of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood and aging. Essentially, it really plays a big part in all of our lives.

Mental health and physical health

Mental health is so important that it can play a part in affecting our physical health. Harvard University has done numerous studies on the power of positive emotions as well as negative, finding that either one impacts many aspects of our lives such as productivity, cardiovascular diseases and more. Because of this, it is extremely important for everyone, especially health professionals, to recognize the relationship between the to in order to maximize a patient’s well-being. More information on this topic can be viewed within another blog post here.

Mental health and others

Mental Health is also important because it doesn’t just impact or usually involve only one person. Oftentimes, it affects parents, spouses, children, neighbors, co-workers and more. Because of this, understanding mental health and how to accommodate someone with mental health issues can help all parties.

Officials and Healthcare professionals should also be well equipped and informed on how to handle mental health situations. These professionals are also not exempt from mental health issues and concerns.

What should I do if I think I have a mental health problem?

If you think that you may have a mental health problem, I encourage you to seek out professional help. If you don’t know where to start, feel free to contact me for some possible suggestions. If you have an insurance carrier, you might want to start by seeking a mental health provider through your medical insurance plan for starters.

Resources: “How mental health affects physical health” by Bradley University
MedlinePlus “Mental Health”

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