July is a National awareness month for mental health of the minority. Aim is raising awareness about mental health at people who are LGBTQ, religious minority, people of color, people with disabilities and others.

What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we deal with stress, connect to others, and make decisions. Mental health colors our whole life and it is variable.

Mental health problems can affect your mood, behavior, relationships. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma, disease, abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

MPS is chronic condition and except physical problems it can also affect your mental health. A wide number of researches show that people who live with chronic diseases experience various mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. Physical health and mental health are extremely connected and influence on each other. Physical limitation can lead to poorer social contact, lack of self-esteem, also therapies and interventions increase people’s vulnerability. Mental health issues can reduce care about the disease, lack of motivation can lead to stop taking care of their therapy or can develop unhealthy ways of sleeping and eating.

Usually people, with chronic conditions, especially with rare diseases such as MPS, are deprived from mental health care providers because their condition has organic cause. Also, attention is focused to regulate symptoms, but not to higher and better quality of life.

People who live with MPS have a right to dream, live, educate, love, build friendship and have hobbies, as any other people. They also have a right to feel bad, sad, insecure and it is our responsibility to provide them with the best care, to ensure psychological support and pay attention on mental health for people with chronic conditions and rare diseases.

If you would like to join us, write us on adultsupport@mps-europe.org

By Andrea Nenadic,

Psychotherapist

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