It can be scary to open up about mental health, particularly if you’ve been struggling with it for a long time. But doing so will allow the people in your life who love and care about you to be supportive and help. It will also give you the liberation of no longer living in fear of someone finding out about your struggle.
Even when it comes to taking care of your mental health, it turns out; there’s an app for that. Developers have created a plethora of apps that can help you deal with stress, manage your symptoms, reframe your perspective and help you live a happier, mentally healthier life.
This summer, people have been discussing mental health with each other thanks to several shows, movies, and even a musical, that follow characters’ struggles with mental health disorders. While most mental health professionals are glad these shows are prompting conversations, many worry that the messages audiences take away will be more hurtful than helpful.
Social media has become such a big part of our lives; we sometimes don’t even realize how much time we spend scrolling through our feeds. It’s the last thing many of us look at before we go to bed and the first thing we check when we wake up – but does interacting with social media hurt our mental health?
Human beings are inherently social creatures. As far back as we can trace, humans have traveled, hunted, and thrived in social groups and for good reason. Humans who were separated from their tribe often suffered severe consequences. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity, and more than that, they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.
For those experiencing bouts of unemployment, investing adequate time and attention to mental health care often falls last on the to-do list, but making it a priority can be extremely beneficial.
It’s important to address the situation you're facing and the emotional toll that can come with it. Feelings of shock and disbelief at being laid off or fired can turn into active distress and fatalistic tendencies, resulting in a loss of identity and feelings of frustration, anxiety, depression, and even hopelessness.