3 Ways to Participate in Mental Health Awareness Month

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3 Ways to Participate in Mental Health Awareness Month

 May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World.

The world is indeed always changing. In the past few years, we’ve experienced rapid changes in technology, the economy, global conflict, and much more. These changes affect our daily lives and can be overwhelming at times.

 Even though talking about mental health has become less “taboo,” a social stigma still exists that prevents people from asking for help. We can all play a role in advocating for mental health and set an example by taking care of our own well-being.

 Here are three ways to help make a difference during Mental Health Awareness Month: 


#1: Share Mental Health Resources

Mental health conditions can affect anyone, at any time. In the U.S., more than 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness. Mental illness can also have a ripple effect that impacts friends, family, coworkers, and entire communities. The good news is that no one has to navigate these challenges alone.

 Mental health resources exist to help people find hope and support, understand their conditions, and access the treatment they need. Access helpful local mental health and prevention resources and share them! 


#2: Build Resilience Through Self-Care

Mental wellness determines how we deal with stress and difficult emotions, and even how we relate to others. We can all take steps to look after our mental well-being through rest, movement, meditation, therapy, asking for help, and other acts of self-care.

 By building resilience and coping skills, we can better handle overwhelming situations and face adversity with greater ease.


#3: Advocate to Stop the Stigma

Mental health issues are not an indication of a person’s character flaws, poor choices, moral failings, or weaknesses. Mental health is just as important as physical health. With appropriate treatment and support, people can — and do — live happy, successful lives with mental health diagnoses.

 Knowing that mental health impacts everyone, it’s important that we all take steps to fight the stigma and encourage open conversations about mental health. Let’s create an inclusive environment where people feel safe and comfortable asking for help when they need it!


Looking for More Mental Health Resources?

Mental Health Recovery Board serves Warren and Clinton Counties by being your starting point for help. Learn how we connect people to local resources and support.

 Need help now? Call our Crisis Hotline at 877.695.NEED (6333) or text “4HOPE” in Ohio to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.