Mental health support

Kayla Thompson

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Everybody needs to know that people who have mental issues are people like everyone else, but with different views on the world. The term mental health does not mean that there is a mental disorder, but that there is just stress in their life, causing health problems that affect the brain. The best way to learn about it is to look up anything that can be found on mental health or to contact Ms. Emery, who is the Youth and Family Therapist at RHS, at her email, [email protected] or text her at (541) 315-5160, which is her cell phone number.

Certain Mental health issues are that people treat people with mental health issues as anything human. People tend to treat them less than human and can make them feel like they mean less than they are. Mental Health is where people have issues such as anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, depression, and Schizophrenia, to name a few, and they, as WebMD said, “are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.” These factors create mental issues and cause the people that have said issues to feel like they are out of control. Now, to list all the mental health issues would be possible, but so as not to confuse and overwhelm, we’ll start with the most common that are found in teenagers and young adults.

Anxiety: This is an issue or also known as an illness that affects kids from interacting and doing things in their daily lives. The most effective way for one to tackle anxiety is to exercise- for 10 to 45 minutes, 3x a week will help reduce anxiety. Going outside- or at least having a potted plant to take care of or gardening because it can it can lower your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress hormones, which all go up when you’re anxious. Yoga/meditation will help center oneself and can help themselves keep calm and to practice their breathing techniques. The last tip to self manage anxiety is to keep a journal, which can be used to figure out what they are doing at the time to be anxious, thus helping themselves manage it.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): This is a condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Ways to self-manage ADHD are Music therapy- this can be used next to other treatments such as ADHD medication and behavioral therapy. This is used because music has a beginning, a rhythm, and an end. Exercise- Keeping active can help people with ADHD pay attention and getting their moods high.

Depression– Depression is known as having a  persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Ways to self manage is to express oneself with writing- whether it be in the form of a journal, a book, or in poems and songs.

Now, some of these things might not work for everybody and maybe there are ways that work better, but taking it slow and at a pace that works best for the individual. Mental health issues are seen as taboo and while that is unfortunate, the best thing to do is to do as Ms. Emery suggested, “Treat them like they’re normal.” That is all anybody can ask for.

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