So as we continue in the stress management month and talk about mind issues, what happens when it seems you have lost your mind? You know that feeling where the very fiber of your being has fallen and you are at your wit’s end. You have taken the time to meditate and pray and you still seem lost. What does one do when you are in this state? You reach out for help. We all have feelings of being helpless at times but if you truly can’t shake this feeling and you feel overwhelmed then help is your next move.
Talk to your doctor. Yes your doctor the man or woman in charge of your health. Talk to them about what you have been feeling, how long you have been feeling this and what are the attributes of how you feel. The attributes of how you feel could be more tired, sick with no explained reason for being sick, worried feelings that take up a majority of your day, helplessness, stomach and headache pain that doesn’t go away, etc. These will be vital to see how your mind is taken on your situation and you may need some assistance. This could come in the form of getting involved in a support group for whatever is troubling you. It could come in a form of meeting with a therapist or even medication if its determined you need it.
Let me take the time to crush some misguided information:
- Seeking help doesn’t make you a failure or weak
- Contrary to popular belief especially with minorities, seeking help doesn’t mean you are letting folks in on your business to harm you.
- If you take medication it doesn’t mean it has to be ongoing or something you take for a lifetime. Some people use it temporary and are weaned off it and go to live productive lives.
- Therapists are just like pastors without sometimes the spiritual apathy. You can still pray and see your therapist. We need to knock this one out of the park. You don’t need to listen to someone tell you that therapy is against God’s will. This is simply not true and watch your leadership that tells you that.
I have said many times and will continue to push the importance of mental health. It isn’t something that is geared toward “weak-minded” folks. If you are one who think this way please change your own way of thinking. People from all walks of life can have a moment when they can lose their way. I believe in encouraging people to do what is best for them. I would rather have someone get the help that they need than to harm themselves or someone else just to save face in their community. Having good mental health can be the catalyst for having a better life.
If you are suffering from mental health and you need help please and are having suicidal thoughts please call and reach out:
There are resources that can aid you regardless of your ability or inability to pay
Here are some ways that people can encourage those around them to get help:
- Never minimize how someone feels-phrases like “get over it,” “it ain’t that deep,” or “suck it up” never works. You are not helping you are only perpetuating that their issue is not a real concern which discourages others to get help
- Encourage someone to get help and let them know you care.
- Smile more-some people are really in a bad place dealing with some sad things so a smile can be one of the most encouraging forms of medication someone may need
- Don’t tell someone to call you anytime or talk to you when you really don’t mean it. People don’t always have a sounding board so if you are really not equipped to handle someone in their lowest moment don’t offer and then not support them. This can be worst than not having someone to support you in the first place.