It's okay for YouBeU
Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness. Most will wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. May is mental health awareness month, which makes it the perfect time to start talking about mental illnesses and what we can do for you to be you.
How can you help? By speaking up.
When we start talking, we realize that mental illnesses are more common and relatable than we think. And more importantly, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with respect, acceptance and be more apt to get the care they need.
Many of us don’t know how to respond to people when they bring up their mental illness. But the answer is that it can be very similar to what you would say to those who have cancer or heart disease. For example:
- “What can I do to help?”
- “I’m here if you need me.”
- “Can I drive you to an appointment?
- “Things will get better.”