May is Mental Health Month and this week (May 10 – 16) is National Hospital Week so we want to acknowledge the professionals who are in the front lines helping others recover and live well today and every day.
With that recognition comes the admission that nurses and physicians are far more likely to experience a need for mental health support as a result of long hours, sleep deprivation and dealing with unique issues like illness and death.
Asking for help and support when you’re not OK isn’t easy, but it’s essential to total health and wellness. It’s like placing an oxygen mask over your face before you help others on an airplane: taking care of yourself is the only way to make sure you’re able to care for others.
When you’re not feeling like you
Sometimes we all feel a little blue, just not our usual selves. While it may not seem important enough to seek help at this point, you may need to talk with someone who is professionally licensed to be able to help.
Changes in nutrition, exercise, and self-care can sometimes be all it takes to address these “not myself” feelings. Still, it’s certainly worth exploring with the help of someone whose mission is helping regular people build resiliency toolkits with real solutions.
Our CU Wellness Clinic is available for virtual appointments. Call 303.724.9030 (Option 0) to schedule an appointment!
When you’ve lost your joy
Some days it’s hard to find a smile or see the beauty that surrounds us. If you can’t find your joy and wonder what’s happening, talking with a mental health professional is still a good idea.
If you don’t know whether that’s the kind of help you need, use this Mental Health Screening Tool to provide you with an assessment that could help a therapist or psychologist better assist you with specific areas of concern.
Take the assessment, then make an appointment to talk about what you’ve learned.
When tomorrow feels unbearable
Specific points in time can feel hopeless. With the right support at just the right time, you can overcome even the most crushing feelings of anxiety or depression.
If you’re having thoughts about hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or 9-1-1. Thoughts of suicide or of hurting someone else are an emergency, so don’t hesitate to call for help.
When your concern is for a friend
It’s difficult to watch those we care about struggle to deal with mental health-related issues. Use this list of Mental Health First Aid Resources to find local professionals who can help with depression, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm, and other challenges.
Let your friends know that you’re ready to help and check in regularly to offer support. Sometimes, a concerned friend can be the difference between a healthy mindset and a life interrupted by mental illness.
You can do it! It’s OK not to be OK. When it comes to doing a little more for your mental well-being, you can be a first responder for yourself.Approach your mental health as part of your overall fitness and wellness plan. If you don’t feel like yourself, now is the time to act to protect your mental well-being and find the path back to your best life.
As an additional resource, join us on Mondays for 6 minutes of mindfulness practice.
If you would like to talk to a professional, schedule a virtual appointment at our wellness clinic by calling 303.724.9030 (Option 0).