Your mental health matters.
Your mental health is just important as your physical well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act. Severe mental illness can have real physical symptoms and make daily life difficult. With good mental health it is easier to deal with stress, relate to others, and make choices. Taking care of your mental health is very important at every stage of life.
Unfortunately, many things can make our mental health a struggle. Even people who have good emotional health can sometimes have problems. Mental illness sometimes has a physical cause that can be treated. Stress and problems with family, work or school can sometimes trigger mental illness too.
Know the signs.
It’s important to know when to seek help from a physician or a counselor. Left untreated, mental illnesses can affect your thinking, mood, and activities.
If you think you or someone you love may be suffering, take a look at these warning signs on the American Psychiatric Association’s website. One or two symptoms may not mean that you have a mental illness, but it never hurts to ask.
If you are thinking about suicide or think that a loved one may be, seek help immediately. The local crisis hotline, provided by our local community partners at Foundation 2 is available to help 24/7. The Foundation 2 Crisis Hotline can be reached at 1-800-332-4224 or 319-362-2174.
Mental illness is not your fault.
There are many causes from your genes, family history, and your life experiences, such as stress or a past of abuse. Biological factors can also be a cause.
Help is available.
There is hope! With proper medical care, you can find your way out of the darkness. Be sure to tell your healthcare team at Eastern Iowa Health Center if you are struggling. We will work with you to find a treatment that works.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
"Dr. Livermore took time to really listen to me. It feels so good to have a doctor that cares." - Jenny