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Mental Health First Aid

Student Author: Josh H.

Mental Health is something that affects around 43.8 million people. 1 in 5 adults have a mental illness in the United States (Bach). Most people know what mental illness is and how badly it can affect one's daily life, but one thing people don’t know is how to cope with their mental disorder. Many want to help those with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, but they don’t know how to go about it.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Limit caffeine. It can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

  • Get enough sleep. When you're stressed out and have high levels of anxiety, your body needs the appropriate amount of rest. 

  • Exercising daily can balance anxiety levels and maintain good health.

  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else? Write in a journal, especially for when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.

  • Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.

  • Eat well-balanced meals and do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

  • Take a time-out. Practice sports, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from all your problems helps clear your head and reduce your stress.

Bach, Natasha. "World Mental Health Day 2017". Fortune. 10 October 2017.


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