How Does Mental Health Affect Daily Life?

stephen brewer

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the mental health community uses May to strengthen our shared commitment in better understanding mental health, increasing access to care, and finding ways to let anyone who may be struggling know they are not alone. 

Dr. Stephen Brewer, Ashford Faculty and licensed Psychologist, was kind enough to speak with the PAWs team to talk about Mental Health Month, the primary factors that can exacerbate mental health conditions, and what we all should know about supporting someone who may be managing a mental health impact.


According to Dr. Brewer, “Typically, when we are talking about whether a mental health issue is affecting a person’s life, we are talking about whether it’s interfering with their ability to work, or their ability to maintain a life outside of work.”

So, with 1 in 5 Americans managing a mental health condition, it’s likely that we all know someone who has or who will experience a mental illness (NAMI, 2017).  And with this comes an opportunity to educate ourselves and our community around the impact of mental health conditions and our role in removing barriers that exist to accessing support.

On the topic of helping, Dr. Brewer urges listeners to, “Provide support. Don’t try to fix them. Don’t try to do anything to change them. Just provide support.”

To hear more from Dr. Brewer on Mental Health Month and the ways that you can make a difference, both inside and outside the classroom, check out this month’s video.



Written by Ashford University Staff



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