Risky Business Theme for Mental Health Month
What does risky business have to do with mental health? Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, excessive spending, obsessive internet use, or excessive exercising can have potential ties to mental health conditions.
That is why this year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Risky Business, a call to educate everyone about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or recognizing it as signs of mental health problems themselves. Risky behaviors can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.
May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently, and some engage in potentially dangerous behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
“It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more,” said Julie Ellis, Human Services Community Supports Division Director. “We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness – and do so in a compassionate, judgment-free way. When we engage in prevention and early identification, and provide effective treatment, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness.”
For more information about Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.