This year for World Mental Health Day, Impact staff shared some of the reasons that it is important to cure stigma. The negative effects of stigma are severe and far reaching. Check out the pictures below to see what some of our staff shared.
Summer is wrapping up, and many are prepping to get back in the swing of things with school. If the thought of going back to school fills you with dread and anxiety, you’re not alone. If something just doesn’t “feel right” and you aren’t sure why, you may be dealing with a mental health condition. If you’ve dealt with traumatic events in your life, that may be a contributing factor. Did you know that half of all mental health disorders begin by the age of 14, and about 75 percent begin by the age of 24? But it’s also important to know that mental health issues are common and treatable.
Mental Health America (MHA) has also developed tools and resources to help increase your understanding of how traumatic events can trigger mental health concerns. You can learn how to understand trauma’s impact on mental health, and recognize mental health concerns like anxiety, psychosis and depression. While you do not get to choose what happens to you, you do get to choose how you respond. Learn more at mentalhealthamerica.net/back-school. This school year make smart choices about how to deal with difficult or uncomfortable feelings - and learn why your mental health matters.
Just like physical health, taking care of mental health struggles early can help to prevent more serious problems from developing in the future. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health problem, it is important to act before Stage 4. Start the conversation. Seek help from a trusted adult. Remember there is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is help and hope. Don’t know how to start the conversation? MHA has tips and information to help get you started at bit.ly/ tips4talking.
There are also serious signs that someone is in crisis and needs more immediate help. These include thoughts or plans of hurting oneself or another person. If you or someone you know is in crisis call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “MHA” to 741741, or call 911.
Toraneka, one of Impact's clinicians shared discussed the importance of sleep and how we can all get a little bit more of it!
Fallon, one of Impact's clinicians, shared some of her thoughts and tips on how the gut and brain work together and impact mental health.
To celebrate mental health month one of Impact's clinicians, Taylor, shared her passion for fitness and the effects that exercise has on mental health!
Collaboration in Mental Health Care
On May 8th, 2018 Impact hosted mental health agencies in the Evanston area for a panel discussion on collaboration in mental health care. The panel discussed the importance of collaboration as well as challenges that may arise and ways that we can all work together more effectively.
Impact's nurse, Maria Moreno, shared her knowledge on the effects that diet and nutrition have on mental health. While what you eat is commonly associated with weight and physical health, it has a very direct effect on your mental health as well.
On April 28th, Impact and several other mental health agencies and practitioners gathered at the Evanston Public Library for the first North Shore Mental Health and Wellness Fair. We were so excited to see so many people come from the community come out for free mental health screenings and other educational opportunities. We can't wait for next year!
Earlier this week Impact's Housing Program attended the Helping Professions Event at University of Illinois Chicago. Impact's Operations Manager, Vince Heneghan, attended the panel and breakout session. In speaking about the event, he said, "it's great to see young people so eager to get involved and make a difference."
The irony isn't lost on us...National Sleep Awareness Week begins the same Sunday as Daylight Savings Time. Perhaps losing an hour of sleep is the most poignant reminder that we all could benefit from a bit more of it. Join Impact as March 11th through the 17th we learn more about the importance of sleep, how it affects mental health and what we all can do to get more of it.