Mental Health and Wellness
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is the balance of the state of functioning of the brain and emotions and how that balance (or imbalance) affects behavior and thoughts.
What is the stigma around Mental Health?
There is still too much stigma surrounding behavioral and mental health. Historically, “crazy” or “mad” folks have been ostracized from society. This has been due to ignorance about mental health. Unfortunately, there is still too much fear and mis-understanding in our communities about mental health. Many people suffer from mental health disorders. And given the current COVID-19 crisis, many more people will suffer from mental illness.
- Too many people suffer in silence with mental illness
- The latest statistics before COVID stated that about 1 in 5 people were diagnosed with a mental illness in America
- Those numbers will increase now during the COVID-19 crisis
- Mental Health includes wellness, self-care, emotional regulations, relationship issues, and parenting among other facets of everyday life
- Mental well-being is important to everyone
- Mental illness can happen to anyone
Everyone deserves access to mental health treatment.
Tips for staying mentally well during COVID-19
- Self-care is critical: listen to your warning signs of struggling with your emotions and doing the basic things like showering, eating, sleeping, and exercise
- Do something that brings you enjoyment every day: play with your children or spouse, take walks, read a book, do something creative
- Connect with someone outside your home every day via telephone or other video technology
- Eat nutritiously, do not binge or eat too many sweets
- Avoid alcohol
- Continue to see your therapist via tele-health
- Continue to take care of your physical, financial, and spiritual needs
- Be patient with yourself and others
- Readily forgive yourself
- Exercise, do yoga, go for a walk.
- Stay active, but do not overdo it
- Seek treatment for your mental health whenever needed
At IEHP Behavioral Health, we put just as much importance on your mental health as on your physical health. Your mental health includes a balance of emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, what you feel, and how you act.
Your mind and body are connected and therefore, one can affect the other. When your mind suffers, your body suffers as well. At IEHP Behavioral Health, our goal is to help you live your best and healthiest life, both mentally and physically.
Mental illness is more common than you might think and IEHP is here to help and support. Did you know that one in five adults in the United States suffers from a mental illness that can be treated? These people are battling mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and even drug or alcohol abuse.
If you think you may be experiencing a behavioral or mental health challenge and want to seek treatment, schedule an appointment with your Doctor. If you don’t have a Doctor, you can find a behavioral health specialist in your area, or call us at (800) 440-IEHP (4347), TTY (800) 718-4347 and ask to speak to the Behavioral Health Department.
If you are experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please go to your closest emergency room, call 911, or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Remember that you are not alone.
Many people are struggling or will struggle with mood and anxiety issues during this time.
Reach out for help.
Mental health help is available and we want you to get help.