Mental Health Month Is Over; Spreading Awareness Isn’t


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In light of the pademic that turned live’s upside down, Now that Mental Health Month has come and gone, it’s more important than ever to keep awareness alive and well for all who may need it.

This past year, we have all been completely paranoid about our health. We’ve sanitized, quarantined and socially distanced ourselves to keep ourselves and others healthy. However, our physical health isn’t the only thing that COVID has affected. 

Between the little to no social interaction and the paranoia of this virus, many people’s mental health have been in jeopardy. According to GoodRx, mental health conditions affect 20% of Americans, and half the people with mental health problems go untreated. Some of the more common mental disorders are depression, anxiety, Bipolar disorder and eating disorders.  Now that Mental Health Month has come and gone, it’s just as important to keep awareness alive and well for all who may need it.

The pandemic has affected many people’s mental health. It’s added stress factors like uncertainty about financial situations and the overall paranoia of the virus. It’s also cut off treatment for many people, keeping them from being able to see their mental health professionals. 

 No one is alone. Everyone is in the same boat right now and life is finally starting to go back to normal, but that can be stressful too. The sudden changes have left many feeling hopeless and depressed. If you are feeling this way, reach out for help. Contact your insurance provider to see where you can get help from mental health professionals or join an emotional support group and make sure to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you are feeling overwhelmed. 

For students of LRHS,  you can also get help here at Lakeland if you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you need a break during class, visit Lakeland’s serenity room where you can unwind and pet the therapy bunny Tinkerbell. You can also talk to your guidance counselor or one of the school psychologists. 

This year has been very stressful for all of us, but with the world coming back, it’ll get easier. As Mental Health Month wrapped up this year, let’s keep spreading awareness and keep actively reaching out to our loved ones to help make this time a little easier for all of us.