You do not need to have a mental illness or substance use disorder to benefit from behavioral health supports and services. In fact, early action for support can prevent problems from turning into illnesses.
Behavioral health concerns and needs may be experienced differently based on a person’s cultural beliefs, ethnic background, race, age, religion, gender identification, and sexual orientation. For these reasons, finding a good match for help is very important. Don’t give up!
Key things to know:
- You are not alone! One of the most important things to remember is that you are not alone. People experience mental health challenges many times throughout their lives and one in five Americans experience a mental disorder in any given year! Most people go on to make a full recovery and others learn to manage their mental health problems while leading fulfilling and active lives.
- There is relief in sharing: You may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative, a friend or a spiritual advisor about your concerns. When you confide in a trusted other, you stand to gain from their support and encouragement. Sharing your thoughts and feelings is a great way to begin a healing process.
- Talk to a health professional: A health professional may be the first person you talk to about a suspected mental health problem. Be upfront and honest honest about your concerns and experiences. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Behavioral health problems are VERY common. Ask about getting an assessment. The wonderful thing is that there is treatment for all behavioral health disorders. Your road to recovery can begin here.
- Recovery is real: There is always hope for recovery and a return to wellness after a period of distress or illness. Recovery is a journey that happens through many pathways. Many people who experience recovery are eager to help others. We call this “peer” support.