When it comes to mental health screening, we encourage everyone to seek help immediately if they believe they or someone they love has a mental health concern. But with all the stigma out there, many are still concerned or afraid to seek outside help. Which is why news like this recent article in the AAFP come in handy: your own family physician can help.
The article goes on to explain what many of us have experienced for ourselves: most of us don’t really want to speak to someone new, but we trust our family doctors and OB/GYNs implicitly. Speaking to these important professionals about personal mental health concerns can make all the difference: you feel safe enough to talk about your concerns, and your practitioner can make the necessary steps needed — whether it be direct assistance or referral to a trusted professional — so care can begin.
The important part of this message is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are a wealth of resources available to help you, and your family doctor is ready, willing, and able to start that process for you and/or your loved ones. Seek the help. Reach out to your doctor. A better, brighter life is on the way, and the journey to it starts with a single step.