Sunday, September 24, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month at Montevista Hospital

BY YVETTE WILLIAMS

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently — and some engage in dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

Sometimes people — especially young people — struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or may be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or detachment patterns can all be behaviors that disrupt mental health and potentially lead people down a path toward crisis.

This May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Montevista Hospital is raising awareness within our community. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery — or even mask a deeper issue — but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.

We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness — and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.

Let’s understand so that we can address mental illness, and help others on the road to recovery. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may and http://www.montevistahospital.com/

Montevista Hospital accepts most insurance payment plans. We have friendly admissions and financial counselors available to speak to you now at (702) 251-1371. Please call now.

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