Most of us can identify someone we know who struggles with a mental illness, whether it is a loved one or ourselves. We need to break down the stigma and recognize that everybody has good days and bad days; some of us may just have more bad days. We need to be aware that there are multiple ways to deal with stress and there are many different reasons to cause someone to have a mental illness. Signs of a mental illness also come in many different forms: anger, tiredness, isolation, even euphoria (the feeling of intense excitement and happiness). The more we know, the better equipped we are to help ourselves or another person with their thoughts and feelings.
1 in 5 people will experience a mental health condition this year, 50 percent of the population will have a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetime, and 25 percent will develop a mental illness in their teen years. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness it is important to get screened. You can do a test at home by visiting MHAScreening.org. A diagnosis is not provided but this is a tool that can help you, or someone you know, get started in the right direction. Being diagnosed can be a difficult process, but the earlier a mental illness is detected the better the results are for the individual’s health.
Burnett County has resources available for those in need. Burnett County has a 24-hour crisis line (888-636-6655) for those experiencing a severe crisis, individual and group counseling is offered through Aurora Community Counseling and Families First, as well as other counseling agencies in Burnett and bordering counties. For more information contact the Burnett County Behavioral Health Department at 715-349-7600.
Submitted by: Burnett County Behavioral Health Department
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