When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention.
When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. Mental illness is the same. It’s up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential.
Mental Health America of the Heartland knows that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses. The results can be truly amazing and life changing.
Mental health conditions should be addressed long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.
To learn more about how you can protect your mental health and know the signs of mental illness #B4Stage4, contact Mental Health America of the Heartland at 913-281-2221 or www.mhah.org.