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Mental Health Month 2019

Mental Health Month 2019

Each May, we take time to remind ourselves to care for our mental health. This year, the idea of physical vs. mental health is on our minds.

Mental Health Month was founded by nonprofit Mental Health America, and this year, they’re bringing back the #4Mind4Body campaign. In fact, their annual conference is all about the intersections of chronic conditions and mental health. They’re bringing much needed attention to the fact that folks with physical health conditions deserve support for every part of themselves, body and mind.

Support your mind

There are many ways to get involved in Mental Health Month. Here’s a few ideas to get started:

  • Scroll down to the comments and share one thing about yourself that you feel proud of
  • Start a conversation with friends and family by 1) Asking them what they do when they’re having a bad mental health day. 2) Letting them know it’s okay to talk to you about mental health.
  • Post on social media what mental wellness means to you using #MyMentalHealthMeans and tag us!
  • Check out our special section on mental health

Mind your media

One of the easiest ways to spread awareness is to post about Mental Health Month on social media. Hashtags like #MentalHealthMonth2019 #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthIsHealth and #MyMentalHealthIs are sure to be lively this month. But don’t forget social media can be stressful! Make sure to take some time away too.

Mindful every day

Mental health awareness doesn’t have a timeline. Each day we can decide to talk about our mental health, which makes others around us more comfortable to do the same. If we begin conversations, we can end stigma!

Comments

  • Len Smith moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Depression is a tough health condition. My first civilian job after I was discharged from the Army in 1970 was selling pharmaceutical drugs for Pfizer. And the top priority drug was a new antidepressant, which I somehow nailed. But I sat in psychiatrists offices with their patients waiting to see the doctor. And I had a major psychiatric hospital where I was taken thru wards of live-in patients who for the most part just sat and stared. In my 2nd year I was the number one regional salesman for that antidepressant drug out of 72 salesmen. And one thing I told myself over and over again was that I do not want to get depression. But then I had my Lupron shot 45 years later on 7/21/15 and in a short time I had full blown clinical depression from it. (The VA has me at 75% disability for just the depression). I see a psychiatrist about 6 times per year, and he has me on two tough drugs, one of which has a small chance of causing seizures. I could go on and on about having been hit by the depression sledgehammer, but for 3.2% of us who get Lupron, not only do we get depression, but for 23% who do, it’s much more severe than what the rest of the population gets and requires treatment in a mental health facility. I mention all the above because true depression is an imbalance of various chemicals in our brains, and we cannot treat it ourselves except thru suicide, which I don’t recommend. If your mental state seems discombobulated, get a professional diagnosis—and help if needed. It is treatable!!!

  • Will Jones moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Thanks to both Sam and Richard for their comments. Twice in my life I have needed antidepressants to help me navigate difficult situations that led to depression. That has not been the case with my prostate cancer, but I know how valuable they can be. Talk therapy has been a big help to me as well, and I have spent time with my therapist since my diagnosis. I’m not afraid to use all the resources available when necessary. Denial is not an ally when it comes to mental health. Will Jones Moderator

  • Sam Collins
    2 weeks ago

    I take an antidepressant and I am so glad I do for my metal health. After over 13 1/2 years of fighting PROSTATE CANCER it’s been a big roller coaster ride. I need as much help as I can get fighting this cancer. At first I didn’t think I needed it, but now I’m so happy I did. It really helps the stress that the cancer fight puts on you.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Hi Sam. Thanks for your willingness to be open about taking medication for your mental health and the positive impact it has had for you. Our contributor Len Smith often writes about struggling with the depression related side effect from the Lupron shot and the difference therapy and antidepressants made. Permit me this opportunity to post this article from our editorial team on dealing with depression and anxiety, whether from the impact of the disease or treatment related side effects: https://prostatecancer.net/living-coping/depression-anxiety/. Best, Richard (ProstateCancer.net Team)

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