Mental HealthI’ve been producing a mental health moment on two different radio shows for the last two months and I’m now including those spots in the Yasmin Shiraz show podcast. Mental Illness is no joke and I want to do my part to erase the stigma.

MENTAL HEALTH

I recently visited MentalHealth.gov and wanted to share this information for people who may be suffering with mental health issues. This is directly from their site:

Build Your Support System

Find someone—such as a parent, family member, teacher, faith leader, health care provider or other trusted individual, who:

  • Gives good advice when you want and ask for it; assists you in taking action that will help
  • Likes, respects, and trusts you and who you like, respect, and trust, too
  • Allows you the space to change, grow, make decisions, and even make mistakes
  • Listens to you and shares with you, both the good and bad times
  • Respects your need for confidentiality so you can tell him or her anything
  • Lets you freely express your feelings and emotions without judging, teasing, or criticizing
  • Works with you to figure out what to do the next time a difficult situation comes up
  • Has your best interest in mind

Find a Peer Group

Find a group of people with mental health problems similar to yours. Peer support relationships can positively affect individual recovery because:

  • People who have common life experiences have a unique ability to help each other based on a shared history and a deep understanding that may go beyond what exists in other relationships
  • People offer their experiences, strengths, and hopes to peers, which allows for natural evolution of personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery
  • Peers can be very supportive since they have “been there” and serve as living examples that individuals can and do recover from mental health problems
  • Peers also serve as advocates and support others who may experience discrimination and prejudice

Please listen to my personal testimony in the podcast and share it within your networks. We should not suffer in silence.

 

Peace & Love,

Yasmin

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