How to break the ice for discussing mental health issues

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - How much do you know about mental health? Do you know tips for self-care and also resources for those in need?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and these are things therapists and counselors want you to know. Here are a few statistics about mental health:
► One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue.
► One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
► Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 41,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.
► 44 percent of adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive needed treatment.
► Less than 20 percent of children and adolescents receive needed treatment.

If you’re dealing with a mental health issue, there are ways you can provide internet self-care. The four core areas are: Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.

Friends and loved ones can also make a big difference by:
► Reaching out and letting them know you are available to help
► Helping them access mental health services
► Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn't true
► Treating them with respect, just as you would anyone else
► Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as “crazy”

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