Sanford Health Staff Honor Mental Health Month 2023
Mental health has become an increasingly crucial topic to discuss, which is sometimes easier said than done. May is now recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month to make these discussions more accessible.
Jonathan Friedman, a marriage and family therapist at Sanford Behavioral Health, explained that Mental Health Awareness Month was created to, as its name suggests, bring awareness to mental health, dispel stigma, and remove barriers.
In a world post-COVID, mental health has become a topic that many find simpler to discuss, advancing the dialogue on this difficult topic.
Friedt stated, “Part of this is the recognition that the support system for individuals and families is so extensive, and that you need it.”
While the stigma surrounding mental health awareness has decreased in recent years, medical professionals continue to face obstacles, namely the impact of social media on mental health.
We are observing increases in social isolation and depression and anxiety among children and adults who use social media applications and technology. said Friedt.
Although these issues may be intimidating to the community as a whole, the essence of Mental Health Awareness Month is to provide essential resources to those who require them most.
Friedt explained, “there are numerous resources within and outside the community.” “Therapy is a viable option and a valuable resource. There are resources available to children and their families at the school. You can discover a method to detox from social media or impose certain regulations on social media. All of these are excellent places to commence searching if you require or desire assistance.”
With their new Youth Assertive Community Treatment program, Sanford Behavioral Health will provide additional care for adolescents ages 8 to 15.