Embracing Health in Mental Health
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 25% of adults suffer from some type of mental illness each year, but unfortunately, the majority of those who need help don’t seek treatment. Negative stereotypes and the stigma that surrounds mental health may be one of the reasons people don’t seek care when they need it most. The good news is that most mental illnesses are treatable, especially if symptoms are identified early on.
If you or a family member are struggling with mental health challenges, don’t let the stigma of mental health keep you from seeking help.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Reach out to those you trust.
- Don’t create self-doubt or blame.
- Seek treatment from a mental health professional.
- Connect with others who are dealing with similar issues by joining a support group.
Emory offers several resources to help employees and their families with mental health issues:
- Faculty Staff Assistance Program
- Free, Anonymous Mental Health Screening Tools
- Aetna Behavior Health Services
- Understanding Depression & Seeking Support Video
- Refresh from Stress Activities
- Take 5 Stress Management Videos
- Mental Health apps: Headspace, Happify, and Mood 24/7
The Faculty Staff Assistance Program offers free counseling services to Emory employees. If you want to speak with a licensed professional about mental health concerns, call (404) 727-WELL to schedule an appointment.