Mental Health professionals recognize September as a month for bringing attention to signs to watch out for if a loved one seems to be struggling.
There are several resources for people struggling including the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Iowa Crisis Chat (1-855-325-4296), Iowa Suicide Prevention, and many more.
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.
Steps to help with mental health:
- Connect with others
- Create Healthy Routines
- Find the Positives
- Eliminate Toxic Influences
- Own Your Feelings
- Support Others
When it comes to diet, sleep, and exercise, having good, strong routines is linked to improved mental and physical health.
People with more daily routines have lower levels of distress when facing problems with their health or negative life events.
It takes an average of 66 days for a behavior to become automatic (a habit), but for some people, it can take as long as 8 1/2 months. Don’t give up!