Mental Health Stigma – Answers to Common Questions

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There’s no way around it; life is filled with challenges and roadblocks to overcome for all individuals. These challenges can bring about a wide variety of mental health issues. If challenges in life are inevitable, what does this mean regarding mental health? It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has enhanced everyday challenges that people face, which means mental health issues have also become more prevalent today.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one out of every five people experience a mental health condition. About 75 percent of those with a mental health condition feel emotions resulting from stigma. Stigmas can create fear, shame and guilt, making it an even greater task for a person to seek help who needs help.

Let’s shed light on common questions around mental illness to reduce the stigma.

What is a mental health condition?

It is a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. Mental health conditions can exist in many different ways. These include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Are there any signs a person could be experiencing a mental health condition?

Just as there are signs with a physical health condition, there are signs to watch for with mental health conditions:

  • Sudden social issues
  • Problems at work or school
  • Changes in sleeping, eating or self-care
  • Excessive drinking or drug use
  • Mood changes
  • Talk or thoughts about suicide

How do you get help?

  • If you or a loved one is suffering from a potential mental health condition, call New Vista’s 24-Hour Helpline with your questions, concerns and support or to make the first appointment at 1.800.928.8000. We are the nonprofit community mental health center serving 17 counties in Central Kentucky and we treat all regardless of their ability to pay.

How can you help someone with a mental health condition?

Treat the person as you would any other loved one who is sick:

  • Be a good listener and ask what you can do to help.
  • Lend a helping hand in seeking treatment by talking openly with family about their mental health condition.
  • Learn as much as you can about the mental health condition and help find resources. Click here for New Vista’s Resources.

Your mental and physical health are equally important. If you need mental health support, call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1.800.928.8000. We will get you the help you need to see the good ahead in your life and the life of those you love.

Information provided in part by the Anthem Employee Assistance Program.