AGH Helps Raise Awareness About Mental Illness Through Mental Notes

10/5/2016

Everyone feels moody or has “a case of the Mondays” occasionally, but when disruptions in thought or behavior cause someone to lose his or her ability to cope with normal functions and routines, that person may be dealing with a much more serious problem than mere moodiness.

Mental health is just as important to a person’s overall health as his or her physical condition, and mental illnesses must be cared for as diligently as any physical illness. There are more than 200 identified forms of mental illness, the most common of which are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and anxiety disorders. Mental illnesses often manifest physically as well as emotionally and psychologically and can be caused by excessive stress, genetics, and/or biochemical imbalances.

Through the launch of Mental Notes, Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is raising awareness about how to recognize the signs of mental illness. Mental Notes will help you learn more about what actions to take if someone you love is suffering from a mental disorder. Mental Notes is a great starting point for discussing and creating a health and wellness plan with your loved one’s physician. Download our free factsheet Mental Notes to learn more about warning signs of mental illness and who to contact if you notice these signs in a loved one.

Mental Notes was developed by Spirit of Women and is locally presented by AGH.

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