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Mental Health/Addiction

Get Assistance – It’s Treatable!

Mental health concerns can be frightening, simply because we don’t know exactly what may be wrong, or what to do about it.  A broken arm – as painful as that would be – is sometimes easier to accept because we know about broken arms and what to expect.  The stigma of having a mental health issue still remains in many pockets of our modern society, even though we now have a MUCH clearer understanding of them, and how to treat the most common forms.

Hopefully in these pages and links, facts can help displace the doubts you or someone you love may have.

Why seek help? 

(Sadly, less than half of those with a MH concern typically seek help)

  1. Because you can usually get back to doing the kinds of things and feeling the kinds of feelings you may no longer be experiencing. 

  2. Because you will likely be more productive again.

  3. The longer you wait, potentially the more damage to your body occurs.

  4. Because mental health issues are usually treatable!


Mental illness is no respecter of persons; it can hit people high and low, far or near, and nobody has immunity to it.  
Read "From NHS Director to mental health inpatient in 10 days."


How to seek help. 

For most of the following concerns, the first steps you can take include the following.

  1. Schedule an appointment to see your doctor.  This is not just to talk about medications; there are other conditions that can be involved, so your overall health needs to be considered.

    • Best option:  make an appointment with a psychiatrist or a therapist on your insurance plan ($15 copay).  Don’t know any?  Call us at Life & Work Connections (520-621-2493), or call the number on the back of your insurance card.

    • Second best option:  Make an appointment with your primary care doctor.

    • OR… you can start by making an appointment with one of our counselors at Life & Work Connections (520-621-2493).  Our sessions are free and confidential.

  2. Often treatment does not necessarily involve medication.  When medication is used, the best outcomes also involve talking with a counselor or therapist.

  3. If you take medication, take it the way your doctor prescribes it!  Many small problems have become much larger simply because the person did not take the medication the way it was supposed to be taken.  (An interesting side note to this is that when people carefully follow the treatment recommended for their condition, it actually LOWERS healthcare costs!)