Health & Wellness

Mental Health:  Part 1

Nearly one in five people (42.5 million American adults) have a diagnosable mental health condition!  Many life-time cases of mental disorders are present by age 14.  We must begin to recognize the signs of emotional suffering and begin to encourage those affected to seek out professionals to help deal with these issues.

There are five signs that we should be aware of that signals that someone is in emotional pain and may need help.  The signs are

  1. personality change
  2. Agitation
  3. Withdrawal
  4. poor self-care
  5. hopelessness

Holidays are times of celebration.  Our country goes all out for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. City-wide celebrations may include parades, marches and fireworks. It may never reach your consciousness that there may be people who are sensitive to the explosive sounds – loud bursts of noises that go hand-in-hand with those celebrations.  Fireworks, in particular, can be the catalyst that sets off a solider, a veteran, or anyone in the military who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). People living in crime-ridden neighborhoods may also find themselves sensitive to loud sounds. The effects of our celebrations can be devastating for many people within our community.  Our awareness of the harm loud noises can bring can help those who may be affected.  Your concern may save a life.  It certainly will be appreciated.  When we talk about mental health, we sometimes feel helpless and unaware of what we can do. Sometimes, small acts of kindness can be perceived by someone suffering as a Big Gesture of Help.

Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison


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