Importance of Early Intervention in Mental Health: Do Early Interventions Really Make A Difference?

Last Update on October 6, 2023 : Published on October 8, 2023
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Science has advanced miraculously over the years. Barring a few, there are treatment options available for most mental and physical illnesses. Medical science continues to work hard in making mental and physical health interventions as efficient as possible.

Unfortunately, only a few percent of people are able to take full advantage of these mental health interventions. Now, it is not because these interventions are hard to get, in fact, most interventions are easily available.

Why aren’t people able to get the most out of these interventions? Because they begin treatment late. Although we have started taking mental health seriously these days, there is a long way to go. There is still a section of people who believe that mental health conditions are just a phase and should be solved with time.

A lot has been said about mental health interventions and their importance. But today, we will discuss the importance of early interventions in mental health…

What do You Mean by Early Interventions in Mental Health?

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Interventions are treatment or management plans and strategies that help individuals heal from their illnesses. Early interventions are the same interventions but these strategies are used right at the onset of a mental health condition.

Early interventions are not different from interventions, there can be a few strategies that are used only early on. Since we know about physical health a lot more than mental health, let me explain it to you from a physical health point of view.

Imagine you fell while cycling and you got some bruises that need attention. What’s the first thing you’ll do? Get First aid, right? Well, first aid is the early intervention you used in this situation. Do you know what would be an even earlier intervention in this scenario? Wearing knee/elbow pads, helmet, etc.

However, with mental health, you can really wear some pads or helmet to protect yourself. For early intervention in mental health, you need to recognize and accept your condition as early as possible so that you can receive early intervention.

Also read: Signs That It’s Time To Revisit Your Mental Health Treatment Plan

The Importance Of Early Intervention In Mental Health

Now that you know what early interventions in mental health mean, I’m sure you’ll be able to guess how important they are. The main importance of early intervention is in providing efficient treatment and support to individuals with mental illnesses.

Do you know many mental health patients lead a troubled life only because they did not receive early interventions? As I said, early interventions are like first aid in that you need to stop the condition from getting worse.

Imagine leaving a bleeding wound as it is till the time you reach the hospital. You’ll lose a lot of blood and you’ll increase the chances of infection. Similarly, early interventions in mental health help you protect your emotional and mental well-being from further damage.

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Early interventions in mental health are so important because they can benefit us in many ways. Let’s have a look at the benefits of early interventions in mental health…

The Benefits Of Early Intervention In Mental Health

1. It stops the condition from getting worse: when you receive early intervention for your mental health condition, it acts as a barrier and stops your symptoms from getting worse. Anything at an early stage is easy to handle and recover from.

2. It helps you develop adaptive coping skills: when your mental health conditions are at their immature stage, you can not only handle them with ease but also develop coping strategies to manage your symptoms. These coping skills go a long way and help you lead a healthy life.

3. It helps in speeding your recovery: with early interventions, you need not wait for a long period of time to finally be free from your illness. Early interventions make recovery easy and quick.

4. It helps you save a lot of money: well, if you look at it practically, with early interventions you are curbing your illness at an immature stage which means you will not be needing expensive intervention to treat a mature illness.

5. It helps in reducing the stigma: when more and more people start addressing their mental health issues upon their onset and seek early interventions, they’ll send out an idea that mental health conditions are just like physical health conditions. It will also help people understand that you can completely recover from mental health conditions when tackled early on.

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That’s All Folks!

I hope you found this blog about the importance of early interventions in mental health interesting, helpful, and thought-provoking.

Do share this blog with your friends and family so that we can all understand how important early interventions are and know how early interventions in mental health can benefit us.

Thanks for reading.

Take care and stay safe.

About The Author

Kirti Bhati
Kirti Bhati

I am an English literature (major) and psychology (minor) graduate from St. Bede’s College, Shimla. Postgraduate in Clinical psychology from IIS University, Jaipur. She has published a Research paper on Music therapy in the military population and Workplace stress in a national seminar conducted by Fortis hospital (gurugram) and international seminar conducted by St. Bede’s College, Shimla, Respectively. Authored a dissertation work on ‘effect of social media addiction on the mental and physical well-being in adolescents’ Currently working at calm sage as a writer.

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