While we say we believe mental illness is a problem in America, do we realize just how pervasive it is in our communities?
Everyone says they know there is a stigma attached to mental illness which may keep some people from seeking treatment. But do we know that asking someone how they are doing without judgment should be a constant question we should ask others at work and in the community?
New Way Now was founded on the idea to provide people struggling with depression an educational resource to get help by breaking the stigma. New Way Now offers an anonymous community space to learn about the symptoms of depression, confidential assess your potential depression and discover available treatment options.
Our Founder, Schatzie Brunner suffered for decades with depression, and now aims to provide others a truly open and safe place to get help, now.
“Our mission is to encourage and foster unbiased conversations, both formal and informal, around the visual cues made by people, both intentionally and unintentionally, suffering emotional discord without diagnoses. To educate all areas of our culture on ways to support themselves and others suffering in silence.
– Schatzie Brunner
5 Common Misunderstandings of Mental Health
Many people think of “mental health” as a person’s cognitive abilities.
The term really indicates a person’s psychological issues.
Many people think that professional help should only be for severe cases.
Mental health care is appropriate across all levels of well-being, and a personal customized therapy plan can be beneficial regardless of severity.
Many people think of mental health issues affecting the person and the immediate family.
We may not be understanding the cost of lost productivity in the workplace, higher health costs, and its impact on the criminal justice system.
Experts believe that mental health issues are usually caused by multiple, intersecting factors.
Most people think of stress and genetics as determining mental health issues without considering a multitude of social, environmental, significant life changes, trauma and physical problems as the cause.
Many people think the solution to mental health issues are personal practices.
We may not realize that these issues aren’t a “do-it-yourself” project, like yoga, attitude change, meditation or Internet research. Expert professional help is the way customized treatments are addressed.