A HEALTHLTHY MIND = A HAPPIER YOU
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
What is mental health? It is a state of well-being; to be mentally and emotionally sound; to have the ability to meet the demands of everyday life. Everyone experiences distress in their life, whether they’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or not. For most people, a stressful event may cause brief distress in their life, but they can recover as expected. For someone struggling with a mental health disorder, that stressful event can cause significant distress to their daily functioning, and is felt more intensely, more frequently
Seeking help to improve your mental health, should be no different than seeking help to improve your physical health. However, those with mental health challenges (such as depression, anxiety, eating disorder, ADHD, etc.) are reluctant to seek help due to the stigma still surrounding mental illness. That stigma prevents most from seeking treatment due to feelings of shame, fear or being thought of as “dangerous.” Instead they choose to suffer in silence and not get the help they need until they’re in crisis or severely distressed.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects:
- One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year.
- Mental illness typically strikes young people in their most productive years, 16-25
- Families from all walks of life are affected regardless of age, race, income, religion or education
- Mental illness devastates families and ill persons; family life is disrupted
(*see more at: www.nami.org)
Recovery is possible. Mental health problems affect adults, teens, and children from all walks of life. Taking that first step to get help can be tough. It’s important to seek treatment for mental health problems at the first sign of distress in your social, emotional or occupational life. There is no need to wait until there is a crisis. Early identification and effective intervention is key. Mental health problems, not only affect the individual, but it can take a toll on their loved ones as well.
It’s a good idea to have an annual mental health check-up. Call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 to schedule your free and confidential check-up today. EAS is an employee benefit designed to assist all county employees and their immediate family members when work or personal issues are affecting their quality of life. Our professional staff of licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists have been helping County of Riverside employees and their families since 1983. We are here to help.
EAS has two locations to serve you:
3600 Lime St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 314
Riverside, CA 92501
Office Phone: (951)778-3970
41120 Washington Street, Suite 106
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
Office Phone: (760)328-6863
Download the free mobile app EAS RivCo today. It’s available on Google and the App Store; to log-in, you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for ID code).