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  • Writer's pictureAmelia Gillis, LMHC

Mental Health Matters

  • Mental Health conditions do not discriminate based upon race, color, gender or identity.

  • 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition

  • Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three quarters by mid-20s.

  • Discrimination, bullying, domestic violence, rejection, abandonment, grief are all risk factors for mental health issues.

  • 50% of people with mental issues don’t seek help

Is there a concern for the community?

There is a concern that we are losing our community to mental health issues that are not being addressed. We are failing to acknowledge the truth about the small issues. We ARE keeping silent and suppressing our emotions because that seems to be the “right” thing to do. Many people don’t understand the damages of abandonment, addiction, rejection, bullying, discrimination. The pain that is associated with these factor can be absolutely paralyzing to our emotional, relational, and even physical functioning. Mental health issues are not being addressed and it showing up adversely in our community.

What are we missing as a community?

We are missing the importance of mental wellness is important. Everyone is familiar with the periodic medical checkup yet we easily forget to complete a mental health checkup. Sometimes we experience events that alter the reality and proper functioning of our foundational systems with God, ourselves, and others. In order to cope we create alterations to help us avoid the reality of the experience or traumatic event. This leads to addictions, negative thought patterns and behaviors. If NOT addressed these issues can become strongholds, habits, even generational curses.

Why does Counseling matter?

Counseling matters because you matter. You deserve to be heard, to become in control of your life. Counseling is about ensuring YOUR well-being, helping you realize your potential and learning to cope with the normal stresses of life, while making a healthy contribution to your community. Counseling involves personal reflections, seeking to clarify that which is damaged or broken, it is about learning to minimize destructive thought patterns and behaviors.

So, What’s Next?

The first step is to call your local mental health practitioner. During your initial session with a trained professional you will identify those ailments that have interfered with the proper functioning of your foundational systems that we are designed to have with God, ourselves, and others. Together you will create a strategic plan that includes empirically supported interventions, strategies, and resources designed to help you take control of that which has had control of you. Call today to make your annual mental health check up.

Your life doesn’t get better by chance it gets better by change.

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