This May is Mental Health Month and the theme “Risky Business” highlights the importance of knowing when behaviors and habits can be unhealthy.
We would like to highlight our facility’s Geri-Pysch specialty program. Our program treats the unique needs of individuals 65 and older that require psychiatric care. They provide an environment where individuals can maintain an optimal level of independence and quality of life in a secured and safe environment.
Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
Sometimes people struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.
Activities like obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis.
Generations at Columbus Park is raising awareness of Risky Business. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern to understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery—or even mask a deeper issue—but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.
Generations at Columbus Park wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that even if you or someone you love are engaging in risky behavior, there is help. It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.
We need to speak up early and educate people and do so in a compassionate, judgment-free way.
When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness.
For more information, visit Mental Health America
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