Present psychological well being points that have an effect on our group

What would you suppose if I informed you that there are most likely over 300 college students in Kosciusko battling melancholy? 

Effectively, based on a research performed by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention in 2010, Mississippi had the best charge of melancholy in your complete United States. Of their findings, practically 15% of Mississippians had skilled melancholy in the course of the previous 12 months.

Usually occasions we learn these stats and simply gloss over them, however take into consideration that for a minute. Fifteen p.c of Mississippians expertise melancholy. That might imply that in Attala County alone practically 2,800 folks expertise some type of melancholy in the course of the 12 months. 


Psychological Well being America, a non-profit that promotes psychological well being consciousness, lately ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia for his or her prevalence of psychological well being points. Of their findings, Mississippi ranked fiftieth, coming in solely forward of Nevada. This rating factored in issues reminiscent of entry to psychological well being suppliers, prevalance of residents with alcohol and substance abuse problems, the variety of residents with a psychological well being dysfunction reminiscent of melancholy or anxiousness, and different elements.

I didn’t know these stats after I moved to Mississippi again in 2009 as part of the Educate for America program. In actual fact, having grown up in Michigan my total life, I did not know a lot about Mississippi in any respect after I started instructing algebra 1 at Greenwood Excessive Faculty. However after a pair years instructing, I grew to like Greenwood and now take into account this my house. In 2013, I started working as a counselor right here in Greenwood as a result of I wished to determine a manner that I might assist impression this group.  For the final 5 years, I’ve been assembly with purchasers from throughout the Mississippi Delta as they work by the difficulties that include residing in a fallen world.

Counseling is a really non-public factor, and due to that there will be some misunderstandings about what counseling is like or when folks even go to a counselor. I would like this column to be a spot the place folks can ask questions (nameless, in fact!) about points about counseling and psychological well being. The scope of what folks go to counseling for ranges vastly, from melancholy, anxiousness, biopolar dysfunction and substance abuse habit, to coping expertise for stress, loneliness, work-related stress, marital and familial remedy, coping with anger, grief and way more. 


And the reality is that many people cope with these points on a day-to-day foundation.  Perhaps it’s feeling like you possibly can’t get away from bed, otherwise you’re overwhelmed with work. Or perhaps you’re watching as your partner, dad or mum, baby, good friend or coworker struggles each day with melancholy or panic assaults. I hope that this column is a spot the place folks can start to see that they don’t seem to be the one ones coping with sure points and study some sensible suggestions for methods to strategy psychological well being points. In our nation proper now, psychological well being is shortly being acknowledged as not solely an vital factor, however a long-overlooked subject. We hear about it at any time when there’s one other mass taking pictures or once we watch the information and listen to about horrible crimes. An increasing number of, celebrities are opening up about their struggles with melancholy, anxiousness and different psychological well being points.

So, I ask you to hitch me as I write about present psychological well being points that have an effect on our group. I plan to deal with among the extra frequent points that counselors see in addition to sensible tidbits about methods to cope with issues like anxiousness, melancholy or anger. I need to handle some misconceptions about counseling and fears or stigmas associated to it. I want to give folks a primary highway map about frequent psychological well being points, reminiscent of what precisely is melancholy or anxiousness, methods to know in the event you or a liked one is battling it, and what are issues you are able to do to assist somebody with a psychological well being subject.


Too typically we attempt to overlook a lot of these points. We really feel embarrassed about our struggles and suppose that we’re the one ones with them. We really feel alone and have satisfied ourselves that nobody would settle for us in the event that they actually knew what we had been going by. Studying this column most likely received’t take away your grief, unhappiness or anger, however I hope that by scripting this column, folks with psychological well being points can start to see that they don’t seem to be as alone as they suppose they’re and that collectively we will all start to take steps to assist our group.

Mischa McCray is a licensed skilled counselor and licensed marriage and household therapist in Greenwood. He will be reached at [email protected].


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