Integrated Women's Health Newsletter, May 2021
Volume 1, Issue 2
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and never has our mental health been so important, or so at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as it has been this last year.
Many of you have expressed how you have been struggling through the pandemic, how you are attempting to navigate hurdles that you, and the rest of the world, haven’t had to face before. Maybe you don’t feel like yourself, your depression may be the worst it has in years, or you may be experiencing depressive episodes for the first time. So as we move further into spring, and hopefully further into healing, we want to share some easy and relatable resources to help you cope.
All the best,
The Integrated Women’s Health Team
You Are Not Alone
If you find yourself struggling with your mental health, know that you are not alone. Perhaps it feels cliché to hear that phrase, but it can be comforting to know that, globally, people are struggling more than usual. Everyone is fighting a bigger uphill battle, dealing with the fear and isolation of a pandemic and issues of systemic injustice and inequality on top of normal, everyday worries that don’t go away in the face of larger concerns. Here are some facts regarding mental illness:
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2014 (MentalHealth.gov)
- Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders make up 10 percent of the global burden of disease and 30 percent of non-fatal disease burden (World Health Organization)
- Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people (World Health Organization)
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 33 percent since 1999 (Centers for Disease Control)
So recognizing that you are dealing with mental health issues is the first, and most important, thing you can do to help yourself.
The National Institute for Psychotherapy offers individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and EMDR services at a reduced fee based on income.
The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy offers a wide range of affordable mental health treatment services.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress due to natural (hurricanes, earthquakes) or human-caused (mass shootings) disasters. To contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990.
This monthly virtual support session allows you to share your menopause journey. You will be led by a panel of experts in gynecology and mental health, including IWH’s Director, Dr. Mary Rosser. Learn mindfulness meditation, improve sleep and have your questions answered. Register for the next panel on May 17 at 7:00pm.