We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lifetime, but when mental health challenges are persistent and interfere with daily life, such as work or relationships, it’s time to seek additional support.
There are many kinds of mental health disorders – depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and others – and while we don’t know all the causes, we do know that they are not the result of weakness or personal failing and that they are highly treatable. In fact, with treatment and support, 70-90% of people with a mental health challenge report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.
If you or someone close to you is experiencing symptoms of a mental health challenge, it’s time to Read Up, Listen Up, Speak Up and Follow Up. Help is available, and with proper treatment and support, recovery is possible.
There are a number of signs that may indicate a mental health challenge, but it’s important to note that only a mental health professional or medical doctor can provide a diagnosis. It is also essential to understand that mental and physical health are very much intertwined, and symptoms may be different for each person.