During the month of May, Tri-City’s behavioral health providers recognize and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Although we see progress in prevailing attitudes toward mental health treatment, the fight against the stigma related to mental illness in our culture is real and ongoing. Therefore, people need to be encouraged to seek help when needed and prioritize their mental health in order to achieve balance and wellness.
Millions of individuals live with mental health problems in the United States and it’s important for all of us to raise awareness and advocate for policies that support mental wellness. Our shared experience with COVID-19 and the unparalleled stressors that have resulted over the past few years brought about increased levels of anxiety across all age groups, especially with children and young adults. Mental Health Awareness Month is a wonderful opportunity to be aware of and to support individuals with mental illness. Additionally, each one of us can commit to supporting our own mental health by taking care of ourselves, talking about mental health and seeking professional help if needed.
Many people are unaware that anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders. Common symptoms of anxiety include worrying, difficulties concentrating, reduced sleep, feeling restless or irritable, and having tense muscles. Some may experience panic attacks, fear of going outside and/or fear of encountering social situations. Symptoms of anxiety can even be accompanied by physiological sensations, such as increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and more. Others can be distressed by obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors akin to excessive washing, repetitive checking or extremely rigid rituals.
If you experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, paranoia, suicidal thoughts (or other mental health issues) that impact your daily functioning or ability to enjoy life, please know that these symptoms are treatable and you can achieve recovery. There are many treatment options that help with mental health recovery. These may include seeing a psychiatrist, meeting with a therapist, attending a support group or enrolling in an intensive outpatient program. If symptoms are severe or someone is experiencing a crisis, including suicidal thoughts, they can obtain services from outpatient crisis stabilization units, crisis centers, residential treatment programs, emergency rooms or inpatient treatment options. It is important to know that help is available in a variety of ways and that each person’s mental health needs are unique.
Tri-City Medical Center can assist with referring you to community resources. Our goal is to match services with the unique needs of the individual. We also have an evidence-based and recovery-oriented intensive outpatient program that helps individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other mental health issues.
You can reach Outpatient Behavioral Health Services by calling 760.940.5050. We are here for you and are committed to supporting the wide range of mental health needs in the community.