Mental Health and the Coping Strategies That Help

Hello, for this blog I am going to give some information on mental health illnesses and a few strategies that I have found during my practice that have helped my clients with some of their issues. Some of the mental health issues can include Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Bipolar, Obsessive Compulsive, ADHD, Smental healthchizophrenia, and more.

Some of the facts found at http://www.who.int about mental illness are as follows:
• Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems.
• Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.
• About 800,000 people commit suicide every year.  Between 15-29 years old
• War and disaster have a large impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being.  Rates of mental disorders tend to double after emergencies.
• Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases, as well as unintentional and intentional injury.  Mental disorders increase the risk of getting ill from other disease such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and vice-versa.
• Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care.
• Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries.
• Globally, there is huge inequality in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health.
• There are 5 key barriers to increasing mental health services availability.  Absence of mental health from the public health agenda and the implications for funding.  The current organization of mental health services.  Lack of integration within primary care.  Inadequate human resources for mental health.  Lack of public mental health leadership.
• Financial resources to increase services are relatively modest.

The following is just a partial list that can help the majority of issues:
• Use positive self-talk.
• Think positively.
• Get more sleep.
• Initiate positive social contact
• Listen to music.
• Journal your thoughts and feelings.
• Take a walk or go outside for some fresh air.
• Take a bath.
• Get some private time, and just relax.
• Talk to a trusted friend.
• Go out to eat with a friend.

If you know someone that is going through a difficult time, please check on them regularly and try to get them to get help. If you are dealing with multiple mental health issues please seek a professional counselor. For those in the Lansing, MI area you can call me at 517-203-5270 for more information.

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