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Mental Health- What is it?
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”(WI Department of Health Services, 2010).
Why are we concerned?
- Mental and physical health are closely connected, and the statement “there is no health without mental health” accurately summarizes the relationship between the two (WI Department of Health Services, 2010).
- Barron County residents reported an average of 3.6 mentally unhealthy days each month compared with 3.0 in Wisconsin (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012).
- Approximately 20 percent of the population experiences a mental health problem during a one-year period (WI Department of Health Services, 2010).
- Cumberland Healthcare serves a thirteen county area and closed their inpatient and outpatient units on 12/31/12.
- The number of calls, face to face contacts, and emergency detentions reported by Barron County’s crisis line has steadily increased from 2010 to 2012. The total number of crisis calls increased from 630 in 2010 to 1047 in 2012. This was a 66% increase in crisis calls in three years.
- The number Barron County youth responding yes to the question “during the past 12 months, did you ever feel so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that you stopped doing some usual activities,” was 16.7% for high school students and 17.9% for middle school students. (Source: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey given to 2,259 Barron County middle and high school students, October 2012.)
What are our overall goals?
- By December 2018, increase youth access to mental health services in public schools.
- By December 2018, increase the awareness and recognition of mental health needs while decreasing stigmas associated with mental illness.
- By December 2018, decrease the number of mental health crisis needing emergency detention by 5%.
What Can You Do?
Mental illness is regarded as socially unacceptable by the majority of people. It has a stigma or shame attached to it that other illnesses do not share. Often we view mental illness as a personal weakness. No one would dare tell someone with cancer to “get over it” so why would we do this with a brain disorder such as depression or addiction? We can all start decreasing this stigma by educating ourselves about mental illness and viewing mental illness as we view other illnesses such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
Individuals and Families
- Educate yourself and your family on the signs, symptoms, and causes of mental illness.
- Encourage those close to you to seek assistance from trained professionals for mental health signs and symptoms as needed.
- Build a healthy support network of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers for yourself and your family.
- Participate in healthy behaviors such as regular exercise, adequate sleep and good nutrition, don’t use tobacco, and limit alcohol. These behaviors can help support positive mental health.
- “Work to make sure children feel comfortable talking about problems such as bullying and seek appropriate assistance as needed” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
Businesses and Organizations
- “Implement organizational changes to reduce employee stress (e.g., develop clearly defined roles and responsibilities) and provide reasonable accommodations (e.g., flexible work schedules, assistive technology, adapted work stations)” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
- “Ensure that mental health services are included as a benefit on health plans and encourage employees to use these services as needed” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
- “Implement programs and policies to prevent abuse, bullying, violence, and social exclusion, build social connectedness, and promote positive mental and emotional health” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
- “Implement programs to identify risks and early indicators of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among youth and ensure that youth with such problems are referred to appropriate services” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
Communities and Systems
- “Promote positive early childhood development, including positive parenting and violence-free homes” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
- “Facilitate social connectedness and community engagement across the lifespan” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
- “Promote early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
How can I help?
Find out how you can help combat Chronic Diseases in Barron County by participating on the Community Health Action Team! The next upcoming meeting is under “events” on the righthand side of your screen.
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