Mental Health Always Matters

Mental Health Always Matters

I want to thank you all for continously making this Wellness Wednesday blog a safe space where everyone can be honest about the triumphs we achieve and the ongoing challenges we face.

Being vulnerable by sharing when we are going through difficult times isn’t always easy. But that’s a testament to the strength of this community: “We’ve got each other!”

I encourage you to keep being open within your chapters plus via the TOPS online platforms— especially during moments in which a sincere reminder may be needed that you are not alone. It is equally crucial to feel as though you can speak candidly with your health care providers. Do not be afraid to advocate for yourself. It is your right to ask clarifying questions to affirm any medical professional has the appropriate skill set to provide the comprehensive support you need. For example, some primary care physicians may prioritize staying well-informed about the latest research and treatment options for mental health conditions. However, there are those who do not. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for a referral to see a specialist or an alternate practitioner if it seems your main concerns are going unheard and/or your mental health is continuing to decline. Also avoid assuming no one else will be able to understand the thoughts and emotions you are trying to process. For example, suicide is now “the 12th leading cause of death in the United States.” This means that potentially 50% of the population will eventually be connected to someone who has died by—or attempted—suicide in their lifetime. And next month is Suicide Prevention Month. Expect an increase in dialogue about this topic led by public health organizations, as well as additional information being made available about low- to no-cost resources such as:

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial “988” from any mobile or landline phone within the United States to speak with professional counselors trained in suicide prevention and mental health crisis management.
  • Most Days: An app that was created in partnership with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for coping with loss as a result of suicide or people currently struggling with suicidal thoughts.  

Is there a website that has helped you access affordable counseling and/or another digital tool that you regularly use that has positively impacted your mood stability? Feel free to start a discussion thread below, if so.

Let your wellness warrior shine this Wednesday!


10 thoughts on “Mental Health Always Matters

  1. Thank you for sharing! I don’t use any digital tools, but exercising every day definitely helps improve my moods.

  2. Good information, Rachel. Thank you! Many people don’t realize that there is help for mental health issues. A referral to a good counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist has given many people the tools they need to cope and that is a good thing. Too many primary care physicians are hesitant to suggest that a patient should see a specialist.

    1. I found that hospice counseling helped pull me off the ledge and attending my my weekly TOPS meeting with the family we’ve established there. Thank you so much Torrington Wyoming TOPS and my area advocate who all were on speed dial

      1. Thanks for taking to share a bit about your personal journey, Jackie…& for giving a “shoutout” to your fellow chapter members in gratitude for all of their support.

    2. Appreciate you affirming the information shared in this week’s post, Wanda! Hope other members find it to be useful as well.

  3. Our public schools are now realizing the importance of mental health staffing. Students who have difficulty tending to instruction and socializing can benefit greatly as can their parents. Online counseling may be helpful as well.

    1. Having counseling options available by phone and online platforms do greatly increase accessibility to mental health resources which I also think is so important for people of all ages. Thanks for sharing this info here, Sandy.

  4. Thank you for this information. We should all be aware of the signs of suidue. If we are aware of someone that needs help in this area we need to speak up. So many people are in denial. Thanks again.

  5. Excellent point, Janet. I completely agree with you about more people needing to “speak up.” This will continue to help increase public awareness about why caring for mental health as individuals, and as a community, is so vital.

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