To prevent mental health struggles, we need equitable access to mental health education and resources. It is important to treat mental health issues when they arise. It is equally important to be proactive and prevent issues from happening in the first place, when that’s possible. Key factors that make a big difference are food access, housing, education, income, and community networks.
For Jimena, growing up in a Hispanic household, an understanding of physical and mental Well-being wasn’t fully present. Jimena shares about navigating mental health conversation with their family.
Preventing Mental Health Issues
Other factors include an awareness of symptoms, proactive plans for coping with mental health conditions, and open and honest conversations about mental health struggles. Prevention should begin during childhood and continue throughout a person’s life. This is especially important as mental health issues are on the rise among youth and young adults.
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