January is Mental Wellness month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and the prevalence of mental health disorders in the United States.
Mental Wellness in the United States
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness in any given year, and 1 in 25 adults lives with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Mental health disorders do not discriminate based on age, race, or socio-economic status. However, some demographics are more likely to experience mental health issues than others.
Demographics at Risk
One group that is particularly at risk for mental health disorders is young people. Half of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health disorders develop by age 24. This means that it is especially important for young people to receive early intervention and treatment for mental health issues.
Women are also more likely to experience mental health disorders than men. According to the NIMH, women are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, while men are more likely to experience substance abuse and behavior disorders. Women may be at higher risk due to a variety of factors, including hormonal fluctuations, social and cultural expectations, and a greater likelihood of experiencing trauma.
Mental health disorders are also more common among certain racial and ethnic groups. For example, African Americans are more likely to experience serious mental health issues such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than other racial and ethnic groups. This may be due in part to the high levels of stress and discrimination that many African Americans experience. Similarly, Hispanic Americans are more likely to experience anxiety and mood disorders than non-Hispanic whites.
Another group that is at higher risk for mental health disorders is the LGBTQ+ community. According to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. This may be due to the discrimination and stigma that LGBTQ+ individuals often face, as well as a lack of support and acceptance from family and community.
Related: LGBTQIA+ Community & Mental Health
Additional Risk Factors
In addition to these demographic factors, there are other risk factors for mental health disorders, such as a family history of mental illness, trauma or abuse, and chronic medical conditions. It is essential to recognize that anyone can be affected by mental health issues and that it is vital to prioritize mental wellness for all individuals.
How to Support Your Mental Wellness
There are many ways to support mental health and promote mental wellness. One crucial step is to destigmatize mental health disorders and encourage people to seek help when needed. People need to understand that mental health issues are real, treatable medical conditions that should not be ignored or dismissed.
Related: 6 Signs of Mental Illness
Many resources are also available for individuals seeking support for mental health issues. Therapy and counseling can be helpful for many people, and there are a variety of treatment options such as medication and self-care strategies, that can be effective in managing mental health disorders. It is important to work with a mental health professional to determine the best course of treatment.
In addition to seeking professional help, there are also things that individuals can do to promote their own mental wellness. These may include getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation. It is also essential to build a support network of friends and family who can provide emotional and social support.
A Word From Nystrom & Associates
In conclusion, mental health is an essential aspect of overall wellness and should be prioritized for all individuals. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder, reach out for help.
If you’d like to start therapy, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our scheduling coordinators will help you find a provider that’s right for you. Call 1-844-NYSTROM or request an appointment online at any of our convenient locations.
Source: Nystrom & Associates