Having the conversation about mental health.

Have you or someone you love been recently diagnosed with a mental health condition?

Receiving a diagnosis can be overwhelming. S.T.A.R. can help you navigate the behavioral health system and map out a course for your recovery. Our peers have lived experience and the ability to understand what you’re going through when you feel all alone.

You received a diagnosis but now what?

How to open up to a loved one about your diagnosis. Have hope. Then, when you’re ready, reach out for help.

Opening up about your mental health is a personal decision and will take a varying amount of time depending on the connections you have. The most important thing is to be open with yourself and your doctor about your diagnosis and options moving forward. Then when you are ready reach out to the person who you feel most comfortable and talk to them about whatever you can share. Topics to think about: fear, symptoms, next steps, asking for support, hope.

How to support a loved one after diagnosis.

Encourage your loved one to share their experience with you in a judgement-free environment. Listen. Ask how you can support them. Begin researching resources including AHCCCS system benefits, peer support services, support groups.

You are more than your diagnosis.

Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. That means 1 in roughly every 5 people you know, yes you. We all know someone with lived experience, we just don’t know it because they are living well with that mental health condition. Peers are actors, athletes, CEOs, educators,  financiers, influencers, and talent of all varieties. A diagnosis is something you have, like hazel eyes, it doesn’t define who you are. You can realize your dreams.

The importance of self-care.

Some individuals experience symptoms of mental health conditions for years before receiving a diagnosis and that’s when all the work begins. It is important to recognize that every human has a unique experience in life and different amounts of energy to share with the world. Supporting a loved one through this process can be emotionally and physically exhausting and you will need to remember to make yourself a priority.