BE VOCAL FOR YOURSELF

Demi on the importance of speaking up for yourself and asking for help
“Asking for help when you are struggling is a sign of strength. Using my voice has always been a part of my professional life, but that wasn’t always the case when it came to bipolar disorder. Despite the setbacks, I finally found the strength to speak up.”

“For me, it’s important to be honest with myself and others, work closely with my professional support team, follow my treatment plan, and take care of myself.”

PARTNERING WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT TEAM

"People need to speak up about what they want for mental health care. They also need to be partners with their doctors and others in their support teams in making choices. Personalized plans using holistic approaches are always the best."

Ken Duckworth, M.D., medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and an assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School
Dr. Duckworth discusses need to partner with your doctor and others

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Living well with mental health conditions is an ongoing process. Below are some resources and tips to assist you.

Working Toward Wellness
Whether it is getting enough sleep or connecting with others, there are a few things you can try to do on a regular basis to help you live well, such as:15
Connect with others
Give back to your community
Eat well
Stay positive
Get enough sleep
Take care of yourself
Become physically active
Create joy and satisfaction
Get professional help if you need it
Be Vocal partner - the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Wellness Toolbox

The DBSA Wellness Toolbox includes tools to help you communicate better with your health care professional, keep track of your symptoms and moods, and record the progress you're making.



Be Vocal partner - the Jed Foundation
JED
ULifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for information regarding emotional health.



Be Vocal partner - Mental Health America (MHA)
Mental Health America
Finding Help

Finding Help provides access to information about a wide range of treatments and support that can be used to help improve your mental health.



Be Vocal partner - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Taking Care of Your Health

Taking Care of Your Health provides information on looking after your overall health.



Be Vocal partner - the National Council for Behavioral Health
National Council for Behavioral Health
Get Trained in Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help individuals across the community to understand mental health conditions, support timely intervention, and save lives.





14. Mental Health America. Get Professional Health if You Need it. [Internet]. Available from: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/get-professional-help-if-you-need-it. Accessed January 26, 2015 (To Access: Home, Living Well, Live Your Life Well, Ten Tools, Professional Help If You Need It).
15. Mental Health America. Ten Tools. [Internet]. Available from: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/ten-tools. Accessed March 9, 2015 (To Access: Home, Living Well, Live Your Life Well, Ten Tools).