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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It's World Mental Health Day

Mental Health DayTomorrow is World Mental Health Day, held each year on October 10 to highlight issues of global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the social stigma of mental health illnesses, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

If you or someone you care about is struggling with mental illness, then you know just how important it is to shine a spotlight on the issue. And this is especially important if you’re in recovery from a co-occurring addiction and mental illness. Individuals with a substance use disorder are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, notes the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And many of these co-occurring disorders predate the start of drug or alcohol use.

This year’s theme of World Mental Health Day is young people and mental health. Half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14, and most cases are undetected or untreated. This could lead self-medication, addiction and even suicide. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death in young adults age 15–19.

According to WHO, mental health promotion and prevention are key to helping both adolescents and adults thrive. So what can you do to take part in World Mental Health Day? Well, first and foremost carve out time to check in with yourself. How are you feeling emotionally? Are you taking enough time to nourish your mind, body and spirit? Think about what you can do today – and every day – to ensure your caring for your mental health. 

And then reach out to someone else who may be struggling with depression, anxiety or addiction. No one should have to navigate mental illness alone. Let your friend or loved one know that "it's okay not to be okay," and that you are there for them and take time to really listen to how they’re feeling. 

Seeking Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
The Haven at Pismo offers clients with co-occurring addiction and mental illness a continuum of care in one recovery program. To learn more about our integrated dual-diagnosis treatment program, call us today: 805-202-3440.