4 Posts to Read for World Mental Health Day

Blog | October 09, 2021

Today is World Mental Health Day – a day to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize support efforts. Patients with chronic health conditions, such as Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can bear an outsized mental health burden on top of managing their condition.

A study of 50,000 patients with IBD found that those with a mental health diagnosis have significantly higher costs than those with just IBD. And those were just the patients that were able to get a diagnosis – something that can be a challenge in itself.

Trellus Health knows the importance of tackling mental health to helping patients thrive. Below are some articles are resources that can help shed light on the current challenges those with IBD face and some strategies that can be used to help overcome them. 

Mental Health Resources are Lacking for Young Adults with IBD | Savannah Snyder’s Story

“Cost, access, and lack of diagnoses leave many patients struggling to get the mental health care that we need to thrive.”

Savannah Snyder, a fellow from the Crohn’s & Colitis Young Adults Network, recounts her experience with IBD and the barriers she faced when trying to find mental health support.

Read her story here.

 

Strategies to Harness Your Inner Strengths & Thrive with IBD

Have you faced emotional challenges as a result of your IBD diagnosis, symptoms, or treatment? In this talk, Trellus Health Co-Founder Dr. Laurie Keefer along with Mount Sinai addresses how IBD impacts mental health, and how you can arm yourself with proven strategies to build resilience.

Watch the presentation here.

 

How to Talk to a Gastroenterologist About Mental Health

Wondering how to bring up mental health symptoms to your GI provider? Navigating this topic can feel daunting. Check out the article and video below for strategies on how to start this conversation.

Check out the helpful tips here.

 

Mental Health & IBD

Mental health is a key factor in an IBD diagnosis, and we’re constantly learning more about the interconnectedness of physical and mental health.

Check out this video by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to see more.

Watch this short video here.

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