4 times you’ll need this quick guide to mental health resources
National Hospital Week is a time to recognize those who dedicate their lives to helping others live well and improve their health. 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.
The CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is dedicated to supporting those who make our mission possible. It’s why we offer this comprehensive guide to mental health resources at our facility and others, with the acknowledgment that it’s OK to reach out for help. 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 own 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 just 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 “not myself” feelings, but it’s certainly worth exploring with the help of someone whose mission is helping regular people build resiliency toolkits with real solutions. Mind-Body Therapies at CU Anschutz can help you do just that.
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 just 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 help you with specific areas of concern. Take the assessment, then make an appointment to talk about what you’ve learned.
When tomorrow feels unbearable
Certain 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.
Approach your own 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 wellbeing and find the path back to your best life. You can do it, knowing that it’s OK to not be OK and that you are uniquely equipped to be your own first responder when it comes to doing a little more for your mental wellbeing.