People can and do recover from a mental illness. This is the most important thing to remember. If you or a friend has a mental illness, take a deep breath and remember that recovery is possible. Reach out to those around you with compassion, empathy, and understanding. Then, educate yourself about treatment and support options and get the kind of help you or your friend needs.

– From What A Difference A Friend Can Make

While not always necessary, medication can be highly effective in treating illnesses, including bipolar disorder, depression, panic disorder and schizophrenia.

Individual, group or family counseling, therapy, and training can also be effective either alone or in combination with medication. Sometimes creative holistic therapies involving music, art, horticulture or drama can be helpful.

Support groups can help you learn techniques to make you feel better and to share with others who are also experiencing the same mental health challenges.

The first step to a healthy future is recognizing the need for treatment and asking for help. Getting help for mental illness is just as important as seeking treatment for diabetes or a heart condition. Speak up, and get on the road to wellness.