ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

Mental Health = Health

Mental-HealthThe stigma surrounding mental health is not new, but it still persists. Mental Illness is often treated more like a character flaw than an actual health issue. People experiencing mental health problems often don’t seek treatment. Perhaps we are embarrassed to ask for help or our insurance may not cover it (if we have insurance at all). Sometimes something we think we have a handle on, like stress or lack of sleep, is actually a symptom of something more serious like depression, an eating disorder, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Stress and trouble sleeping are common problems, and they don’t always indicate a more serious health condition, but they could. If our bodies are hurting, we should see a physician to make sure our symptoms aren’t indicative of bigger problems. The same goes for our minds. The mind is a powerful organ: it holds our knowledge, memories, and emotions, so it’s deserving of a lot of care, and a fair amount of maintenance.

Seeking help for mental h is not just for the mentally ill. Plenty of healthy people benefit from check-ins with mental health experts, or even regular talk therapy. So let’s do ourselves a favor and take care of our brains. A strong and healthy mind can be your best friend.

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