According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five Americans experiences some type of mental illness each year. What’s more, about 10 percent experience serious mental illness that significantly interferes with one or more major life activities. These are just two reasons why mental health services are so important for every community, regardless of age, income, and socioeconomic situation.
Fortunately, there’s a lot most individuals can do on their own to promote a positive outlook on life and good mental health:
- Accept that change is a part of living
- Make connections
- Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems
- Take decisive actions
- Make progress toward goals
- Look for opportunities for self-discovery
- Nurture a positive self-view
- Maintain a hopeful outlook
- Take care of yourself
- Keep things in perspective
However, from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder, there are a number of serious mental health disorders that can make day-to-day living difficult and require some level of mental health services for communities across the country. Countless Americans also live with addiction, depression and anxiety disorder. NAMI statistics also reveal that over 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder, with over half of these people also experiencing co-occurring mental illness.
Here at Community Health Connections we offer a wide range of mental health services that can help you or a loved one cope with life’s challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. And while some people only need brief interventions, our behavioral health specialists also work in conjunction with medical professionals to help patients overcome long-term difficulties and meet personal goals for improved overall health.
It takes action to promote good mental health. Promoting mental health encompasses various strategies, all with the aim of making a positive impact on both physical and mental wellbeing. At Community Health Connections, these include mental health services that utilize a team-based approach to wellness that promotes behavior and an environment supportive of good mental health, enabling individuals to both adopt and maintain an overall healthier lifestyle.
It’s important to remember that recovery from most behavioral health problems is possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from a behavioral health problem, please don’t hesitate to seek help. If you are a Community Health Connections patient, know that we are here for you and we encourage you to call us any time.