Share this:

Mental health awareness facts and tips

What is a mental illness? How do you talk with someone about their mental health?

Mental health is an important issue in all communities. That’s why for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, we want to call attention to the disparity in access to mental health services and empower you to make a positive difference. Here’s what you need to know to make a difference in someone’s life.

Tip 1

Although cultures differ in how receptive people are to discussing personal health issues, in general you should follow the lead of the person reaching out to you. Non-judgmental, supportive listening is a good rule of thumb in nearly all cases.

Tip 2

Most of us are not trained to treat mental illness. If someone reaches out to you to say they are depressed for instance, they don’t want or need you to solve their problem. Your understanding and caring support is all that is needed. Trying to name, diagnose, or compare the way someone is feeling is something best left to the experts.

Tip 3

Avoiding language that implies that a person’s feelings are wrong or weird or flawed sounds easy, but our everyday language has some pre-programmed biases built in. That’s crazy right? See, that’s what we mean. 

Tip 4

Over a quarter of us will deal with a mental health issue at some point in our lives. Every conversation reduces the stigma a little more. Be open to discussion and together we can take the power away from these debilitating diseases.

Tip 5

You wouldn’t tell someone to, “Shake off your cancer” or, “Just forget about that heart attack and get with the program,” right? Mental illnesses are just as debilitating and just as common. Your knowledge is a powerful tool in reducing the stigma of mental illness.

See More Blogs

Relieving the pain reliever crisis

FEB 26, 2019

The opioid epidemic is deteriorating our national condition and we as physicians have the power to change that narrative and positively improve the lives of our patients.

READ MORE Additional information about Relieving the pain reliever crisis | Catholic Health Initiatives

Smoking & lung cancer

MAY 19, 2019

The vast majority of cigarette smokers are quite aware of how dangerous their habit is, but their addiction is among the very hardest to quit. Here are some simple tips to have a useful conversation with a friend who smokes.

READ MORE Additional information about Lung Cancer Awareness Month – What you need to know | Catholic Health Initiatives

Act FAST when there’s a chance of stroke

MAY 14, 2019

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving your brain cells of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. When you're having a stroke, it's important to get treatment as soon as possible. Literally every minute counts. So use the memory aid "FAST."

READ MORE Additional information about Act FAST When There’s a Chance of Stroke | Catholic Health Initiatives