You’re the only one who knows how you feel.
Even those closest to us can’t see what’s happening inside our head, so letting others know that we’re struggling is a crucial step toward getting help. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please dial 988 now.
Don’t ignore the warning Signs.
Pain from grief, addiction, depression, or anxiety is just as real as physical pain, and it’s important to remember we are not defined by our pain or illnesses. Physical pain typically requires treatment, and oftentimes emotional distress does too. The sooner the issue is addressed, the sooner the healing process can begin. There are often signs that suggest a person may be experiencing mental hardships. Increased irritability, avoiding crowds or social situations, inability to focus or concentrate, decreased energy, and fatigue are some of these signs.
Make time to talk.
Even if there are no signs that suggest a person may be suffering, that doesn’t mean they aren’t. Sometimes they may be reluctant to reach out for help. As friends and family, it is our responsibility to check in on each other. This can be as simple as asking the question, “How are you doing?” Whether you’re watching the game or out on a hike, talking about our emotions can lead to healthy conversations about mental health or even prevent a crisis. Don’t be afraid to check in—it doesn’t hurt to talk.
Everyone in Big Sky Country is entitled to live a healthy, happy life, and we’re here to help make that possible. Keeping our communities strong is what keeps us going.