Thank-you for coming to Mental Health Gateway. Here you will find
information about improving your mental health, some more common
forms of mental illness, tips for managing mental health challenges,
screening tests (where available), and resources for those wishing to
improve their mental/emotional resilience as well as information and
resources for caregivers and family members of people dealing with
mental health challenges.
Mental Health Gateway is not intended to be a replacement for counseling, therapy or psychiatry. If you have severe symptoms contact your local mental health resource as quickly as possible. If you are suicidal or seriously considering doing harm to another, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your local emergency room immediately. If someone you care about is out of control, or if they are threatening to harm themselves or someone else, contact your local police and ask for a mental health intervention immediately.
I have a number of close family members and friends afflicted with varying degrees of mental illness. In working with them to find coping methods, I have learned a great deal about mental health. I have met, and been privileged to guide and support, people afflicted with many forms of mental illnesses. My Mental Health proposes to offer tools for navigating this confusing, and often frightening, process.
Understanding Mental Health
As a member of the mental health community for the last 30 years, I have watched too many people get confused and overwhelmed when they suspect they, a family member, or someone they care for, may have some form of mental illness. Perhaps a diagnosis has frightened or confused them. Sometimes they need a resource to find out how to cope with mental illness, or perhaps, they just want to know how to increase their resistance to symptoms of mental illness.
Mental Health Gateway talks about good mental health practices, what used to be called “mental hygiene”. These are simple things that can be done to improve resistance to emotional distress, and/or be better equipped to manage symptoms of significant mental illness. These practices are part of most peoples lives, but I do not assume everyone knows them.
We discuss a new and exciting field of mental health research, nutrition and the role that diet and supplements can play in the treatment and even prevention (schizophrenia and autism) of mental health challenges.
As part of mental health management, we go into a number of practices that can build your resistance to the symptoms of mental illness. These practices are intended to actually strengthen your psyche and improve your overall resilience.
US Mental Health Care System – Discusses some public issues affecting the mentally ill and offers some potential solutions for these challenges.
We go through the signs and symptoms of the more common forms of mental illness referencing screening tests where they are available online. Again, My Mental Health is not intended to be a replacement for a professional diagnosis. We go into each of these illnesses in depth, referencing professional resources where they are available online. We talk about degrees of severity and coping techniques that have been found useful for patients, family members, and those caring for people with mental illness.
Another one of the features of My Mental health is the Headlines where we address some current mental health topics being discussed in the media.
You are not alone
Mental illness has become a major national issue here in the USA. The incidence of Major Depression, for example, has skyrocketed and suicide rates, particularly in middle-aged men, are at an alarming level.
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