May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Everyone has mental health. Whether that’s mental health concerns, mental health wellness or somewhere in between. One’s ability to maintain their mental health can be changed by experiencing chronic stress, anxiety, fear, shame, and sadness that comes with domestic violence and sexual violence.
It is important to reach out for help when needed. Here are some ways to promote mental health wellness:
There are specific diagnoses that are commonly experienced by those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual violence include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. These diagnoses can impact difficulty with being productive at work, school, with caregiving, establishing and engaging in healthy relationships, and adapting to change and coping with adversity.