May is Mental Health Month. 1 in 5 people will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime and unfortunately, mental health still has stigma associated with it. Through open dialogues, awareness and compassion we can all do our part to help overcome these stigmas and make sure ourselves, friends, family, loved ones and neighbors receive care when they need it most.
The good thing is that there are plenty of reliable resources, from the Library and elsewhere, that can help educate. Please note that these resources should not be used in place of professional help. If you or someone you know requires mental health assistance please seek out attention from a qualified professional or utilize resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness to find out where you can get help.
Author Matt Haig suffers from depression and is publicly frank and honest about his struggle. “Reasons to Stay Alive” is his inspiring account how minute by minute and day by day he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing and support from his parents and wife. Most significantly, this is a short and easy to read book meant for anybody who might need a dose of hope.
One of the worst parts about anxiety is that it sometimes can be hard to tell what is a normal, occasional worry versus the anxious feeling that can come on without reason. Coping with anxiety isn’t necessarily something that goes away, and in “On Edge” Petersen details how she has managed her own anxiety, as well as the history and science behind anxiety.
You should always seek out professional help if you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health concern. For those seeking general knowledge, here are some free and reliable information sources: