Why You Should Not Ignore Your Mental Health

Mental health is often ignored or pushed to the side. This can be due to a lack of knowledge or understanding about mental health, the stigma that surrounds it or feeling like you should be able to take care of yourself. However, ignoring your mental health can have serious consequences. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the reasons why you should not ignore your mental health and what you can do to better care for yourself.

Mental Health is Often Ignored Until it is Too Late

It is important to take care of your mental health, just as you would any other aspect of your health. It can be easy to ignore mental health until it is too late.

Many people try to self-medicate mental health conditions by using substances such as alcohol, prescription pain medications or other drugs. This can often lead to worsening a condition, or, sadly, the loss of life through suicide.

If you are struggling with mental health, please reach out for help before it’s too late. There are many resources available, and you are not alone. Recovery is possible, and you deserve to live a happy and healthy life.

Know the Early Warning Signs

It is essential to be aware of the early warning signs of mental health conditions. These conditions can often be difficult to spot. Here are some of the signs to watch for:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Thoughts of suicide or harming yourself or others
  • Pressing feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness and emptiness
  • Excessive anxiety

If you or someone you know is displaying any of these symptoms, it is important to reach out for help. Seeking help is a vital first step. By being aware of the warning signs and taking action accordingly, we can help those struggling to get the care and support they need.

Early Detection Makes a Difference

By catching a mental health condition early, we can often prevent it from becoming worse. Early detection and treatment can make a significant difference in someone’s life.

Mental Illness is Common

Mental illness is more common than you may think. In any given year, one in five adults in the United States will experience a mental health condition. That means that at some point in your life, you or someone you know will be affected by mental illness.

Despite how common mental illness is, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding it. This can make it difficult for people to seek help. It is essential to remember that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Mental illness is a real and serious condition that should be treated just like any other illness.

Mental Illness Runs in Families

Your family health history is more than just a list of illnesses and conditions that have run in your family. It’s a valuable tool that can help you and your doctor predict your risk for developing certain diseases or disorders.

Mental illness is one of the many conditions that can be passed down from generation to generation. If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s important to include this information in your family health history. By doing so, you can help your doctor identify any patterns of mental illness in your family and determine whether you are at increased risk for developing a mental illness yourself. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent mental illness, knowing your risk factors can help you take steps to protect your mental health.

Mental Illness Affects Physical Wellness

It’s important to remember that mental illness is not just a “mental” problem. Mental illness can have profound effects on physical health as well.

Mental illness can lead to diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It can also contribute to obesity and substance abuse. In fact, people with mental illness are more likely to die from heart disease, stroke and other physical illnesses than the general population.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week falls on October 2-8. The goal of Mental Illness Awareness Week is to educate the public about mental illness and reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions.

Mental Illness Awareness Week was first observed in 1990, and since then, it has grown into a nationwide event. There are now over 1,000 organizations that participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week, reaching millions of people each year.

This year’s theme is “Together for Mental Health,” where we will focus on the importance of advocating for better care for people with serious mental illness.

Jonas Hill is Here to Help

If you feel like your mental health is starting to impact your life in negative ways, Jonas Hill is here to help. We offer a variety of services to support your mental health, including outpatient and inpatient services. We also have an emergency line that is available 24/7 for those in need of immediate assistance. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need help.


Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic, a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact us today for more information. A safe space to heal.