When the seasons change and the weather gets colder, I start to hear more warnings about fall and winter illnesses. Just like the sudden talk of Halloween in September, there is an influx of information on the common cold and flu prevention. Important topics for sure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal flu can start as early as October. And the National Center for Health Statistics says there are about 62 million cases of the common cold each year. Besides no one likes to get sick.
But ever wish the media would spend just a little more attention on mental health? (Our Facebook friends thought so and voiced their opinions here.) We can’t wash our hands to prevent mental illness like we can with the common cold. But few would argue about the importance of mental health awareness in suicide prevention, ending stigma, and in helping others get appropriate treatment.
That’s why I’m excited and proud that we’re doing this. Our first ever World Mental Health Day Blog Party on October 10, 2011. It’s your chance to share your stories about mental illness, educate others and help reduce prejudice and stigma.
And if you want to learn how to make more positive changes in your life and relationships, read our best posts below from this past week.
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