The Importance of National Mental Health Month
By Brandi Goodman
With May deemed National Mental Health Month, now is the perfect time to learn just how to maintain it. Your mental wellness is just as important as any other area of health. You need to do all you can to keep your mind healthy and well so you can continue to function efficiently. It's so important to celebrate National Mental Health Month and bring awareness to others who may be struggling.
1 in 5 People are Affected
Mental health should be discussed wherever and whenever possible because it will affect 1 in 5 people within their lifetime. Chances are, at least one person in your family suffers with mental health issues that they may not talk about. You may have a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance who struggles. It's important to understand mental health so you know signs to look out for as well as ways to help.
Mental Health Month has a large focus on sharing helpful resources with those who need them. If you get involved, even by simply sharing a resource or post on Facebook, Twitter, or another social media site, you can be making a difference in someone's life. Sharing any information, stories, and images is helpful. Advocacy, awareness, and support is the goal.
Walks for Mental Health
You can do more than just share things to get involved. The National Alliance on Mental Health puts on Walks for Mental Health. These walks help to bring more awareness to the cause as well as raise funds for the alliance to continue their work. These 5K events have brought in millions and will continue to do the good they were intended for as long as people like you keep participating. Not all states currently have them, but more are added for the summer and fall seasons. You can also just donate to a cause instead of actually being there to walk.
Those of you struggling with mental illness can find the support you need. Search for the social media posts discussing mental illness and know that the people sharing these things are allies. Reach out to them. Search the National Alliance on Mental Health website for support information. The site is a great resource for finding information on managing stress, understanding health insurance, finding mental health professionals, and much more.
Mental health matters. Take the time during Mental Health Month especially to do your part to learn more. Knowing the signs and finding ways to help, as well as ways to cope for yourself if you're the one who struggles, are all great ways to get involved in this educational month.
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