Mental Health Awareness

Yellow silhouette side profile of a person’s face with green background. “Hello my name is:” stickers filling the persons head. Listed on the stickers: grief, anxiety, phobia, PTSD, stress, shame, depression, and panic.May is Mental Health Awareness month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and help break the stigma so many experience. It is also a great time to assess the balance in our lives despite today’s dramatic and unexpected stressors.

Millions of Americans will go through their life with feelings of overwhelming sadness or anxiety without ever knowing why. In fact, almost half (46.4%) of adults in the United States will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Mental health conditions affect us all, either personally or through someone we know.

Listed below are a few simple tips to help improve your mental health:

  1. Let go of material and emotional clutter. This will lessen stress and allow you to focus on what’s important to you.
  2. Practice basic self-care. Getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and exercising to keep your mind strong,
  3. Practice deep breathing to reduce momentary anxiety. Simply inhale for four seconds, hold the breath for four seconds, and exhale for four seconds.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Everyone needs a little extra support on occasion.
  5. Give yourself permission to feel your emotions so that you can properly release them. It’s ok to not be ok.

Mental health is serious and not something to shy away from talking about. To learn more about how to speak up early and educate people about mental illness – and how to do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way – visit the National Institute on Mental Health website.

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