May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year in May, organizations, communities, hospitals, and individuals, raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral issues. The month is designed to help reduce the stigma and advocate for better mental health services.
While there are over 200 classified forms of mental illness, the 5 major categories of mental illnesses include: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorders, dementias, and eating disorders. There is a negative stigma surrounding mental health that may pose a major barrier for people who need mental health help the most. The best way to help eliminate the stigma is to talk about mental health and encourage loved ones in need of help to seek it out.
A mesothelioma or lung cancer diagnosis can be very frightening and change the way you live your life. During this time, mental health may not be your top priority, but just as it is important to care for your body, it is important to take care of your mind as well. Mental and physical health are closely related and there is a strong connection to a cancer diagnosis and mental health.
A 2018 study found that patients and family members of those diagnosed with mesothelioma expressed stress reactions that included mental health issues ranging from anxiety, depression, and social dysfunction. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, your doctors, nurses, and caregivers can help you focus on your mental health awareness and self-care during diagnosis and treatment. If you are interested in legal help, you can fill out our free case evaluation.