We hear the healthcare community report a lot about the dangers of ignoring early signs of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or other physical ailments. We hear about how important it is to receive appropriate, timely screenings. Mental health is no different! It’s just as important to pay close attention to your mental health and that of your loved ones and catch potential problems early on.
The ACE Study shows a direct correlation between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, depression, suicide, and violence. Early intervention that focuses on helping children address physical and emotional trauma can prevent the development of chronic disease as well as behavioral health disorders and their outcomes.
People with behavioral health disorders that are not attributable to trauma still benefit from getting help before a crisis or when symptoms first begin to appear.
Some reasons people put off seeking help include a fear of mental illness or stigma; a lack of understanding about mental illness; impaired judgement or denial about one’s own state of mental health or that of a loved one’s; and/or not knowing where or how to get help. Read more in the article “Why Don’t People Get Help for Mental Illness?”
With one in four American adults experiencing a behavioral health disorder in any given year, and 20 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 experiencing a severe behavioral health disorder, Mental Health Awareness Month is the perfect time to stop and evaluate your mental health and that of your loved ones. See these helpful Screening Tools from Mental Health America that aim to help individuals identify behavioral health concerns and avoid the dangers of “Stage 4 Thinking.”