Your mental health is inexorably linked to your quality of life, as well as your physical health. Yet only 41 percent of U.S. adults with a mental health condition received care in the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Stigma still surrounds mental illness, making it challenging to reach out for help. Here are some of the stories we’ve published to spark a conversation about mental illness in the U.S., and what we can do to get better.
Your friends and the internet don’t hold all the answers—especially when it comes to your own mental health. If you’ve been struggling in silence for a while, it’s a good idea to find some professional help.
But once you’re on your own, how do you find the right mental health professional for you?
A death by suicide can have devastating effects on family and friend circles, as the victim’s loved ones do their best to heal while also comforting one another. The ripples can still be felt years into the future.
For the victim’s partner, life can change forever, right down to their mental and physical health.
It’s a fine line to walk: Share too little about yourself at work and your coworkers see you as cold and unapproachable. You might find yourself isolated and unhappy, which means you likely aren’t doing your best work.
Share too many personal challenges and you might make other people at work uncomfortable.
Isn’t perfectionism a good thing? You can trick yourself into thinking it is. But, as anyone who has struggled with their own tendencies knows, perfectionism is not an unmitigated good.
The desire to be perfect—in body, mind and career—is more pervasive in the millennial generation than any generation before it, and it’s hurting our mental health.
Planning for a wedding can be very exciting. But, making it happen can be a lot of work, and more emotional than you’d expect. Outside expectations and pressures can easily suck the enjoyment right out of the whole wedding planning process.
More seriously, those stressors can be harmful to your health, especially your mental health.
If you’re about to embark on your own wedding planning journey, or help someone with theirs, here are a few pitfalls to watch out for.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for confidential support at 1-800-273-8255. Find more resources on the Lifeline’s website.
Katie Moritz is Rewire’s senior editor and a Pisces who enjoys thrift stores, rock concerts and pho. She covered politics for a newspaper in Juneau, Alaska, before driving down to balmy Minnesota to help produce long-standing public affairs show “Almanac” at Twin Cities PBS. Now she works on this here website. Reach her via email at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz and on Instagram @yepilikeit.