Our November #RheumChat was co-hosted by Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm).

Mental Health America (MHA), founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Their work is driven by a commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and support for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

The topic of the chat was Mental Health and Rheumatic Disease: What you Need to Know.

Q1. How can rheumatic disease affect mental health?

Q2: What is the prevalence of mental illness in individuals with rheumatic disease?

Q3. What are some signs a person may be experiencing mental health issues?

Q4. When should patients talk to their #rheum about their concerns and what does the doctor need to know?

Q5. What are some techniques to improve your mood?

Q6. Where can patients go to find resources on mental health?

Q7. Is there anything else #rheum patients should know about mental health?

Join us for monthly #RheumChats

We will continue to host a #RheumChat on the third Thursday of every month with a different topic and co-host. Be sure to check the #RheumChat page and our social media channels for future topics, co-hosts, and questions.

If you have topic ideas for future Twitter chats, or you are interested in co-hosting a chat, please contact us at pr@rheumatology.org.