When dealing with cancer, we want to react at the earliest stages rather than in the critical Stage 4. Through preventive testing and annual physicals, treatment can get underway long before the most advanced stages are reached. Mental Health America (MHA) is waging a campaign to make us think in a similar way about mental health.

When symptoms such as loss of sleep, fatigue for no reason, feeling low or anxious, or hearing voices first appear, MHA believes that is the B4Stage4 for mental health. While some early symptoms may never become serious, wouldn’t it be better to investigate at their onset rather than when a mental disorder has advanced to a heightened state? MHA demonstrates that, by ignoring potential signs, many years can be wasted in which intervention could happen to change people’s lives for the better.

It is clear that there is a definite disconnect between recognizing possible signs of mental illness and valuable time being lost in getting much needed help. MHA provides screening for mental illness, which is anonymous, free and private and only takes a few minutes. To learn more about the concept of B4Stage4 and to gain a better understanding of mental health, click below:

Part of the challenge in identifying mental health problems is that these problems manifest themselves in many ways. Emotional symptoms like irritability and hopelessness may be more obvious. Other symptoms such as back, neck or stomach pain may not be so obviously linked to mental health issues. In the spirit of B4Stage4, let’s take a look at some possible indicators of mental health disorders.

Sources: Mental Health America, B4Stage4