Mental health is just as important as physical health and there is a movement that is attempting to help awareness and prevention. Studies show that mental health is directly correlated with physical health. A 2012 study in Health Services Research confirmed this connection. People with physical health problems are three times more likely to seek mental health care than those without physical conditions. Mental health is connected to more than just physical health. It can affect productivity and financial stability as well as put strain on the family. Most importantly, being aware of mental health can help you live a longer and happier life.
A great way to monitor and improve your mental health is through guided courses. Mentalhealthfirstaid.org offers courses to “assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.” This is great for the average person who is not a counselor but wants to be able to help others in need in their daily lives. It helps people learn the signs of an issue and know where to direct them for help. Teachers, coaches, parents, and many more may wish to learn from the courses.
In an article by Wayne Miller in The Intelligencer he explained the program and how it could benefit communities. Jacqui Tisdale was quoted stating, “People in our community just need to know how to help them, how to help them navigate available resources — and, equally as important, which ones are the correct ones for them in a given situation.”
Awareness and supportive behaviors are key in spotting and assisting someone in need. Classes can increase awareness of local resources for help. Increased awareness and understanding are key to helping young people in need.