Sunday, Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day. In recent years, mental health professionals and those affected by mental illnesses have worked hard to break the stigma in relation to mental health. Misconceptions about mental health have played a prevalent role in making people affected by mental illnesses feel as though they should not talk about what they’re feeling or experiencing. Being open and honest about mental health is beneficial not only to the person affected but also to those who could gain confidence knowing that others feel the same as they do. Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, shares that the pandemic caused people to take time to focus on their mental health and reflect on what is happening inside their minds and what steps could improve their mental health. To better understand personal mental health and its effects, English has provided a list of signs that could indicate a person’s mental health has declined.
Eight signs your mental health has declined:
- You have isolated yourself from friends or family.
- You find it hard to get out of bed and complete daily tasks.
- You feel anxious, worried, depressed or hopeless on a regular basis.
- Your weight or appetite has changed.
- You or someone close to you sees a sudden change in your mood.
- You can’t concentrate and you find it difficult to make decisions.
- You’re less interested in things and you have a lack of motivation.
- You feel overwhelmed, disconnected or numb.
If you are experiencing any of the statements above, English encourages you to speak to a trusted family member or friend, doctor mental health professional. Taking that first step is always the hardest, but talking to someone and opening that door can lead to improvement.