“Therapy is what works for you…climbing a mountain. Therapy is listening to music and running on the treadmill, therapy is going out to dinner with friends–it’s something that distracts you, that helps you heal, and so it just depends on what you think therapy is.”
The road to mental health is not necessarily an easy one. Like the quote above, wellness is a matter of perspective. It can take many avenues. Whether you are artistic and creative, athletic and health-conscience, or simply great at hobbies and tasks, this self-therapy has helped countless individuals throughout the nation.
It’s been common scientific knowledge that 1 out of 4 people in America live with a mental illness every day. It does not discriminate. People from all walks of life can be susceptible. Unfortunately, some go undiagnosed for decades, while others cannot afford to pay for professional therapy or medication to treat the illness. With these barricades, mental illness can become a burden rather than an asset.
From that perspective, it is no wonder why people who are not diagnosed tend to live their lives with struggle. However, there is hope. Many organizations such as Empire Mental Health Support work to tackle the tough issues when striving for equality in strength, finances, and accomodation through the American Disabilities Act of 1990.
Thirty years later, there are strong support group organizations with peers and families trying to understand mental illness together. Empire Mental Health Support is one such network whose goal is to help a person be whole, equal, and valued. Why? For two reasons:
- Because people with mental illness are human beings who should be valued.
- Because if people help themselves, they will be more inclined to help others.
After all, people living with a diagnosed mental illness should be treated as if they have another medical illness. That is because it is one and the same. Do not sell these people short. These people are just as valuable as someone who has diabetes, cancer, or heart problems. All they need is love, patience, and understanding.
How does one become a part of mental health? Try these suggestions:
- Help to educate oneself about mental illness and educate others in the process.
- Volunteer one’s time, energy, and compassion for mental health causes.
- Advocate for better mental health care through one’s local governments, courts, or hospitals.
- Become a part of one’s community’s peer and family support groups such as Empire Mental Health Support.
This is where we come in. Empire Mental Health Support is there for the people who live with mental illness and their families. We are here to serve the communities of the Empire Area. We have aspirations of expanding the entire state of South Dakota, western Iowa, and western Minnesota. We are just beginning. With the support of each other, our communities, and our patrons, we hope to make that dream a reality!
So, we here at Empire Mental Health Support are honored to give each and every person who stops by a genuine and hearty welcome! It is our way of saying thank you for choosing this organization as a trusted asset. Thank you and we hope you’ll stay awhile!