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Family Doctors Remind People That #MentalHealthMatters
Don’t be afraid to reach out. Your family doctor is a good place to start.
Mental health and emotional wellness affect every aspect of a person’s life, from work to family to leisure. One in five adults lives with mental illness, which can range from mild to severe. Many times, before mental illness is diagnosed, it can trigger physical symptoms.
This mind/body connection is very real, complicated and many times, not well understood. That’s one reason why it’s important to have a family doctor who knows the patient and their family in the context of their community. Family doctors are on the frontlines of diagnosing and treating mental health concerns. In fact, primary care physicians provide the majority of U.S. mental health services.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month – the perfect time for people to consider the state of their mental health and that of their loved ones and friends. Family doctors from all over the United States and the American Academy of Family Physicians are calling on people to do just that.
Join the movement. Go to familydoctor.org to learn:
Download a guide to help start the conversation, including taking note of
Tell others about the resources on your social media channels using #MentalHealthMatters. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Your family doctor is a good place to start.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.