Taking Care of Yourself

Why Is Mental Health So Hard to Discuss?

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

There is a lot of talk in the news these days about mental health or mental illnesses. Naomi Osaka, tennis player, was in the news recently withdrawing from the French Open, citing concerns for her mental health.                                                         

When families are struggling with Huntington’s disease and caring for a loved one, it puts enormous strain on the caregiver and family members and grief becomes an issue and can lead to mental illness.  The nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has a FREE Telehealth Program, powered by Amwell.  The program makes it easy for folks to talk to mental health therapists from the comfort of their home.

Healthcare professionals and myself believe the brain is an organ in our body and when it becomes ill, it needs to be addressed.  We need to fight the stigma of mental illness.  Over 24 years, I watched my three sisters-in-law struggle with Huntington’s disease , and I carried anticipatory grief in my heart which lead to complicated grief after their death.  I saw a psychologist in my community, for 10 years who helped me deal with the fear and sadness I carried in my heart.       

My advice to to not be afraid to ask for help.

We Can Never Lose HOPE………

I’m a Huntington’s disease advocate, Chair for the HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, a blogger and an author.  Visit my website:  https://theresecrutchermarin.com

Please make a donation to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, to help fight HD.

 

 

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