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Mind Your Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4-10. May 8 marks Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
The 2014 May is Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” Mental Health America organization says their goals are to build public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; inform people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and provide tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.
10 common warning signs of a mental illness*
- Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated).
- Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so.
- Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others.
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing.
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain.
- Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships.
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol.
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits (e.g. waking up early and acting agitated).
- Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts a person in physical danger or causes school failure.
- Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has an information helpLine or information and referral service which can be reached by calling 1 (800) 950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST. Business callers, including those seeking particular NAMI staff members, should call 1 (703)524-7600.
*These warning signs were issued by Mayo Clinic researchers in partnership with NAMI and other mental health advocacy organizations