Taking Care of Yourself and Your Sisters on World Mental Health Day 

On World Mental Health Day, we want to remind our members to check in on their own mental health and well-being as well as provide resources to support their friends and family. How do you spot signs of a friend or family member struggling with their mental health? What do you do once you’ve spotted those signs? Check out the resources below to support yourself and others on their mental health journey.

Identify Signs of Mental Illness

How do you know if you have a mental illness? What signs should you look for in others? It can be difficult to determine the difference between typical behaviors and behaviors that might indicate a mental health concern. While there is no simple list of behaviors that indicate mental illness, the resources below will help you identify common signs and symptoms.

Start a Conversation

It might be uncomfortable, but having a conversation about mental health can have big impact. Have you noticed a friend who has had extreme fluctuation in mood? Maybe your sister keeps missing your Wednesday night phone call. Check in on your sisters, roommates, coworkers, classmates, family or friends by starting the conversation. Not sure where to start? Check out the resource below!

Start a Conversation – Seize the Awkward

Seek Professional Help

While learning about mental health is an important first step, you might be ready to take action. There are many ways to seek out support including helplines, primary care physicians and mental health professionals. You don’t need to be an expert to recognize when you or someone you know needs help. If you can tell something feels off, seek professional help using the resource below.

Get Help – National Alliance on Mental Illness

Learn How Culture and Identity Affect Mental Health

Mental illness affects everyone differently. Signs, symptoms and treatments must be tailored to each person’s unique identity, culture and lived experience. Culture and identity can also create additional barriers to receiving mental health care including greater stigma or fewer mental health professionals. Learn how to be an advocate for yourself and others using the resource below.

Learn More – National Alliance on Mental Illness

Bring the Discussion to your Chapter or Club

Want to discuss the importance of mental health with your sisters? Pi Phi’s Leading with Values seminar “Navigating Your Mental Health Needs” encourages participants to list the warning signs of mental illness, identify mental health resources available in their local area and discuss barriers to seeking help. Start the conversation with your sisters using the resource below.

Navigating Your Mental Health Needs – Pi Beta Phi Leading with Values

Published October 10, 2021