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no excuse for ignorance about mental health… or anything else

I grew up having to get all my information from books, encyclopedias, magazine articles, or professionals, y’all. And I swear it seems like more people were willing to get up off their booty and research topics (especially important topics) in those days than they are now that many of us have literally the entire world’s knowledge at our fingertips. Nowadays many of us don’t even have to get up… all we have to do is pick up our smartphone.

Every time I hear someone say/see someone online post something like, “My child/friend/family member has [insert mental health condition(s)] and I don’t understand what they’re going through, I don’t know their symptoms, and have no clue why they’re on meds or what those meds do.” I feel like smacking my head against the wall.

It’s not hard (at all) to find reputable mental health resources. All you have to do is Google something like: “Where do I find reputable mental health resources?”

When you do that, by the way, these are the first 4 sites that pop up (#4 is my personal favorite):

  1. Mental Health Resources – PublicHealth.org
    www.publichealth.org/resources/mental-health/
    Curated List of Public Health Mental Health Resources. … there are several prominent, reputable mental health journals that publish all their articles free online.
  2. Local Organizations with Mental Health Expertise | MentalHealth.gov
    https://www.mentalhealth.gov/…/community-conversa…/services/
    Helpful resources provided by 4-H National Headquarters / National Institute of … to get involved in raising mental health awareness among college students.
  3. MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health information. This site … Mental health resources are now available in Spanish.
    National Institute of Mental Health – National Institutes of Health
  4. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
    The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated … treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. … Explore NIMH publications and online resources.

 

I understand that some people are intimidated by the idea of looking up information about something like this. They think that the only people who are capable of comprehending anything about mental health are psychologists or psychiatrists. But to not even make the effort to learn about it before deciding it’s just too hard??? Yikes. It’s a shame, because it’s absolutely not too hard for the vast majority of us to comprehend.

Especially if it’s your child or close friend: get your butt online and put out some effort to understand what a loved one is going through and learn how you can actually help. If you’re able to get online to consult support groups, for instance, then you’re certainly capable of getting online to educate yourself.

Really, guys… this is beyond important. Please take even just 5 minutes out of your day each day to learn about what a loved one is going through.

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