By Melissa Hansen, M.S., LPC
These days the importance of mental health and the concerns of mental illness are in our national and international consciousness. The news often has stories, sometimes disturbing ones, related to mental and emotional health. As we learn more about mental and emotional well-being, we also learn more about mental illness. And for anyone who is struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship and personality challenges, or a host of other issues, counseling is helpful and for some, even essential. As a result, we are taking a blog post this month to highlight awareness about mental health counseling.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services:
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”
The USDHHS continues by stating, “Positive mental health allows people to: Realize their full potential; cope with the stresses of life; work productively; [and] make meaningful contributions to their communities.” They also state that the “Ways to maintain positive mental health include: Getting professional help if you need it; connecting with others; staying positive; getting physically active; helping others; getting enough sleep; [and] developing coping skills.”
If you want to know more about the state of mental health in the United States, click on the link above for the USDHHS. The information is fascinating as we take a step back from our lives and those of our family and friends to see some broader statistics.
As you can see (above), the first way the USDHHS mentions for maintaining positive mental health is to get professional help if you need it. Of course, here at Valley Pastoral Counseling Center we are supporters and believers in the value of pastoral and mental health counseling. Whether you are struggling or you are just interested in having an outside voice be supportive and affirming toward increased self-awareness and personal growth.
According to the American Counseling Association:
“[Counseling Awareness Month is] a time to celebrate the counseling profession, showcase the important work counselors do in communities nationwide, and educate the public about the many ways in which all types of counselors empower others to live more fulfilling lives.”
For anyone interested in learning more check out these pages:
We hope that you consider counseling if you never have before!