Health is about feeling your best, which means not just how your body is functioning but also your emotional state and how well you can cope with stress, change or loss. There is no shame in wanting to take care of your mental health, just as there’s no shame in going to the doctor when you’re sick or jogging to improve your cardiovascular health.
Getting older can present different mental health challenges than other stages of life. Even if you didn’t struggle to maintain a positive outlook before, it’s not uncommon to need to be more proactive as you get older. Big changes like retirement, empty nesting, illness or facing financial stress can introduce new challenges that you might not be able to manage or face on your own. Approximately 20% of seniors experience mental health issues of some kind, so you are not alone.
At Banner Health, we are here to offer tools and resources to help empower you to take control of your mental health. We offer in-person and online access to multiple therapy modalities (or approaches), grief counseling, substance abuse treatment, stress management skills, medication and psychiatric treatment. We can treat anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and chemical dependency, personality disorders, self-harming behavior and more. Whatever difficulty you may be facing, there are caring and compassionate professionals at Banner Health who understand what you’re experiencing and are trained to help.
Going to therapy is not a sign that you “need” help. Instead, it’s a way of recognizing that therapy is a helpful tool for processing change, coping with grief and even just dealing with the daily realities you face. Therapy can be a beneficial tool for anyone and everyone. You do not need a mental health diagnosis to start seeing a therapist. If you find yourself struggling to manage your emotions, lack motivation or are facing new challenges that you aren’t equipped to handle on your own, it may be time to make your mental health a priority. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength and maturity.
There are many ways you can learn to regulate your emotions and find peace amidst the tumult and difficulty that life can present you with, even if you don’t seek out professional help. To help maintain your mental health, you can:
Mental health issues are like physical health issues. Sometimes treatment is easy and effective, and sometimes a serious diagnosis can be life-threatening and require more aggressive treatment. It’s important to remember that serious illness often has warning signs and this applies to serious mental health concerns, too. If you experience these warning signs in yourself or notice them in a loved one, it’s important to seek out support and treatment.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911, Banner Behavioral Health at (602) 254-4357 or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).