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TIME TO GET MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH 2022 BACK TO Mental health is becoming more common in mainstream conversations and it can be an overwhelming topic if you're just starting to explore it. We can help. BASICS LEARN MORE AT MHANATIONAL.ORG/MAY RECOGNIZING WHEN YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH Think about your physical health. We all have days where we feel a bit sore, have a headache, or are extra tired. That doesn't necessarily mean you're sick. You're sick when something suddenly and significantly changes for the worse or prevents you from functioning properly. Mental health is similar - the occasional bad day is to be expected, but when things that used to be easy become a lot more difficult, something's going on. Instead of focusing on physical symptoms, you'll want to look at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH CONCERN? LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF A mental health concern is anything that causes a person to believe their mental health may be suffering. You don't need to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to be dealing with a mental health concern. It's hard to know when your mental health is slipping if you aren't in touch with yourself or paying attention to your usual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors: Take some time to think about your daily life. Many people struggle with not feeling "sick enough" to seek help early on in their mental health journey. The average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years," meaning a lot of people spend months or years facing mental health challenges before getting a diagnosis. Consider tracking your mood and energy to see if you can find any patterns. Think about other factors that might relate to your mental health. *for more information-www.ncbi.nim.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1361014 YOU ARE NOT ALONE OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center specializes in working with seniors by providing mental health counseling to anyone age 65 and older. Some typical situations that may occur in the senior years, often leading to depression or anxiety, include: Loss of a loved one, loss of purpose DEUS New health diagnoses that create new limits and challenges Overwhelming feelings about life in the senior years OSF Isolation leading to worry, fear, hopelessness and helplessness Financial limitations Change in living situation HEALTHCARE No longer driving, loss of independence Memory loss Please call OSF Saint Clare Senior Behavioral Wellness at (815) 876-2004 for a confidential screening at no charge. OMNIA TIME TO GET MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH 2022 BACK TO Mental health is becoming more common in mainstream conversations and it can be an overwhelming topic if you're just starting to explore it . We can help . BASICS LEARN MORE AT MHANATIONAL.ORG/MAY RECOGNIZING WHEN YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH Think about your physical health . We all have days where we feel a bit sore , have a headache , or are extra tired . That doesn't necessarily mean you're sick . You're sick when something suddenly and significantly changes for the worse or prevents you from functioning properly . Mental health is similar - the occasional bad day is to be expected , but when things that used to be easy become a lot more difficult , something's going on . Instead of focusing on physical symptoms , you'll want to look at your thoughts , feelings , and behaviors . WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH CONCERN ? LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF A mental health concern is anything that causes a person to believe their mental health may be suffering . You don't need to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to be dealing with a mental health concern . It's hard to know when your mental health is slipping if you aren't in touch with yourself or paying attention to your usual thoughts , feelings , and behaviors : Take some time to think about your daily life . Many people struggle with not feeling " sick enough " to seek help early on in their mental health journey . The average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years , " meaning a lot of people spend months or years facing mental health challenges before getting a diagnosis . Consider tracking your mood and energy to see if you can find any patterns . Think about other factors that might relate to your mental health . * for more information-www.ncbi.nim.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1361014 YOU ARE NOT ALONE OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center specializes in working with seniors by providing mental health counseling to anyone age 65 and older . Some typical situations that may occur in the senior years , often leading to depression or anxiety , include : Loss of a loved one , loss of purpose DEUS New health diagnoses that create new limits and challenges Overwhelming feelings about life in the senior years OSF Isolation leading to worry , fear , hopelessness and helplessness Financial limitations Change in living situation HEALTHCARE No longer driving , loss of independence Memory loss Please call OSF Saint Clare Senior Behavioral Wellness at ( 815 ) 876-2004 for a confidential screening at no charge . OMNIA