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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 04, 2020

What can good mental health mean?

What can it mean to our families? To our friends? To our communities? To each of us, personally?

Good mental health can mean we can participate in the present. We can share with our families and friends the joy of the moment. We can support our communities by giving to others.

Good mental health is liberating. It allows us to have the space to be productive and engaged in our lives.

Sounds appealing, right?

Stress, anxiety and depression can make us captives of our poor mental health. One in five adults in the United States suffers from a mental illness. Many people silently struggle because of the associated stigma. That is because our society teaches us that physical illness is something that happens “to” us, where mental illness happens “because” of us. It is some moral failing or feebleness of character that drives it; and, this deeply ingrained belief is simply wrong.

Stigma is the birth-child of judgement and fear. It divides and segregates. It prevents many from seeking help; it prevents others from accepting their own flaws and struggles. Stigma is the enemy of mental-wellness.

The stigma associated with poor mental health doesn’t have to make us it’s prisoner. The Eagles’, in their iconic “Already Gone” song lyrics write, “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.”

Only you hold the key to improving your mental wellness. Sometimes we just need help turning that key. Opening the door to good mental health can release you from the chains that keep you from the things you value. It starts with reaching out for mental health counseling. Now, with tele-therapy, you do not have to leave your home. You can work with a licensed counselor to begin the process of setting you on the right path to wellness.

A mental health counselor can help you learn the skills you need to deal with stress and uncertainty and minimize anxiety and depression. Our counselors have many tools in their toolboxes. Resources and information on therapeutic treatments offered by Harmonia’s clinical team are available here https://harmonia-care.org/resources#treatments.