October is a very important month in the mental health realm! This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week took place from October 4th -10th, 2020. National Depression Screening Day was October 8th and World Mental Health Day was October 10th. While these might just sound like “days” in the month, it is important that to pause and reflect on what these days truly mean. Veterinary professionals give so much every day to their community and pets. It becomes critical that you stop and make sure you are also focused on your well-being to ensure that you can continue to provide important, passionate care. PPV is committed to the health of our healers and care of the caretakers. In consideration of Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day this month, PPV wants to share some tips for breaking the stigma around mental health.
If you have a mental illness or condition, do not equate yourself with it. You are not an illness. So instead of saying “I’m bipolar,” say “I have bipolar disorder.” Instead of calling yourself “a schizophrenic,” say “I have schizophrenia.” Stigma can often foster isolation and self-doubt. If you have a mental illness, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. However, the truth is, your family, friends, clergy, or members of your community can offer you support if they know about your mental illness. Reach out to people you trust for the compassion, support, and understanding you need. You are not in this alone.
Did you know that anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America? While some anxiety is normal, anxiety disorders cause people to feel so distressed that it affects their day-to-day lives. Screening for mental health conditions should be just as normal as screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic health condition. You can take a mental health screening from the comfort of your own home at www.MHAScreening.org. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Always be sure to follow-up with a psychologist, therapist, or family physician.
Volunteering and giving back to the community are great ways to improve your social wellbeing. We understand that the current pandemic limits your options for volunteering, but be sure to keep in mind that there are still virtual volunteer opportunities available!
You can visit here to learn more about various opportunities about causes you are passionate about. Many of the opportunities let you volunteer from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.
The PPV family realizes the importance of wellness and is committed to the health of our team members. If you would like to learn more about joining our team, visit ppvcareers.com.