Psych Matters Blog
I’ve been thinking lately about how “mental health” may be more than just the absence of “mental illness.” Just as mental illness can be conceptualized on a continuum of severity, perhaps mental health can similarly be described on a continuum. What does it mean to not only be free of symptoms, but to actually flourish? Is it possible to define what an “optimal life” consists of? Perhaps thinking about such things will not only be useful for our patients but may benefit us personally as well.
“International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience.” - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In this post, we share a personal story by Psychiatry Assistant Professor Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, who is also the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Mood Program at Sierra Tucson.
In honor of Veterans Day, we spoke with Alison R. Coelho, PsyD, about the mental health challenges that veterans and active duty service members face in this Q&A.