It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Mental health is one of those topics that many find hard to talk about. However, the startling reality is that mental health issues have become much more prevalent in this day and age. It has been reported that 1 in 5 adults in the United States has a mental health condition and that number seems to be continually growing. It has also been reported that youth mental health is worsening and more and more children are being diagnosed with things like severe depression, etc. As mental health issues become more prevalent in today’s society, it’s important to understand that it truly is okay to not be okay. Allowing yourself to feel your emotions and really comprehend what you’re feeling is often the first step in identifying there is an issue and getting help. There are many things you can do to help yourself when you believe you may be suffering from a mental health concern.

One thing you can do when you believe you may be suffering from a mental health issue is to build up your support system. Those who you identify to be a part of your support system should be those that you know you can speak freely and openly with and will not be judged and who ultimately have your best interest in mind. This can be anyone from a parent, relative, teacher, faith leader, health care provider, or another trusted individual. Having those kinds of people in your life that can listen and help you make the best decision for yourself will prove to be undeniably helpful on your journey.

Another thing to do once you’re ready is to seek help from a health care provider or mental health professional. Once you’ve decided to seek professional help, it’s important to play an active role in your treatment plan and when making decisions about your mental wellbeing. This includes being as educated as you can be about what you’re feeling and/or your diagnosed mental condition, communicating effectively with your mental health provider and actively participating in the discussion when it comes to your treatment, sharing decisions openly, and many more.

Once you’ve chosen to seek treatment for your mental health issue it’s important to work on a recovery plan. This can be something you work on with your mental health provider or on your own, but laying out a recovery plan can help you identify your mental wellness goals, specify what you need to do to achieve those goals, track your progress, and identify potential triggers.

Ultimately, you should know that it is okay to not be okay and that you’re allowed to feel the way that you do. Identifying your feelings will help you seek help for your mental health problem in the correct way and recover. If you or someone you know is in need or interested in seeking help with mental illness, please visit the following resources:

United States: National Institute of Mental Health
Canada: Canadian Mental Health Association