Are You Caring for Your Mental Health?

Approximately one in five American adults experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Unfortunately, the stigma around mental health issues continues and leads many to avoid treatment.

“Just like we care for our physical health, we need to care for our mental health as well,” says Matthew Vincent, manager of Behavioral Health for Seniors at Hillcrest Claremore. “In addition to caring for our whole person on a daily basis, it’s important to recognize that the mind is an organ just like the heart or lungs. Treat mental illness like you would physical illness.”

Awareness and acceptance is key to taking the next step – seeking treatment. Your primary care or other health care provider can guide you in finding local resources to help you improve your quality of life through better mental health. Depending on your individual needs, this may include a referral to a mental health professional. Many services are covered by insurance. Learn more at Mental Health America, which includes a branch in Tulsa.

Vincent also offered the following tips for a more peaceful mind in light of life’s everyday challenges.

1. Sleep really does matter; poor habits can lead to a manic state or depression.

2. Identify the root causes of your day-to-day stress so you can manage them.

3. Evaluate where you put your energy, what takes energy from you and what recharges you.

4. Strive for balance between your personal life, work life and individual needs.

5. Find an outlet doing something you enjoy.