May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity for people to reevaluate their mental health, learn more about mental disorders, and share helpful resources. There are many ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month but here are just a few to get started.
What Is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month has been recognized since 1949 and is a way to show and offer support for those who struggle with mental health. Events, screenings, activities, social media posts, and fundraisers are all available from many sources during the month of May.
Finding some ways to take extra care of your mental health is a great way to participate. Taking care of your mental state or taking some time off work are great options if you feel you don’t have a lot to give. Below are some fun and educational ideas.
1- Send A Mindfulness Care Package
The act of being mindful has become much more visible in recent years. Meditation and mindfulness can be helpful for those who struggle with mental health but it can be difficult to know where to start. If you know someone who has been stressed or someone who has crossed your mind lately, send them a care package for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mindfulness care packages can include healthy snacks, calming scents, towels or blankets with comfortable textures, or house plants. All of these things can help limit decision fatigue and overstimulation, and help give someone something to look forward to.
2- Share Reliable Resources About Mental Health
With more and more people on the internet, information can get shared instantly. Social media is filled with people sharing information, news, opinions, and more. During Mental Health Awareness Month it is important to share truthful and reliable resources. Sharing quotes or information that is offensive or untrue will do more harm than good.
If you are going to share posts on social media, make sure you check the credentials of the account or include links to scientific articles.
3- Find Yourself A Therapist
Taking charge of your mental health is important for overall wellness. A therapist is an important part of taking care of your mental health. Finding one that is right for you and specializes in your specific needs will help you gain better control of your life.
Therapy will give you coping skills, provide support and a listening ear, help you face challenges, and more. Finding a therapist that fits your needs can be difficult, but take some action steps to find a good one during the month of May.
4- Attend A Mental Health Event
Spreading awareness about mental health means attending events or fundraisers. It not only helps support a good cause but also helps show others that there are people who support them. Many organizations host walks, presentations, or a Q&A to help share mental health resources.
Mental Health Action Day is celebrated on May 18th on a National scale. This national event gives businesses an opportunity to promote therapy and take charge of their mental health. If you can’t find an event that speaks to you, try hosting your own!
5- Get Certified In Mental Health First Aid
Another way to take action is to prepare yourself with tools to help those with mental illness. Mental Health First Aid will help you learn to identify a mental health crisis and respond in the appropriate way. Both in-person and digital certifications are available from places like Born This Way Foundation and Jack.org.
6- Share Your Story
If you struggle with mental illness a way to spread awareness is to share your story with others. Sharing vulnerable moments can be difficult, but posting a story or post on social media may help someone else feel less alone.
Stigma and questions still surround mental health, so sharing your struggles can be a window to help others understand that it is nothing to be ashamed of. Spreading awareness is often more powerful when it comes from someone you love and trust.
7- Use Your Time Off Or Mental Health Days
If your work offers mental health days, May is a good time to take them (or just one). If they don’t, Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to advocate for your company to implement them. Taking some time off work to enjoy the weather, spend time with family, or just relax can be refreshing for your mental state.
Mental Health Resources From Red Willow
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