Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health is an important component of your overall wellness. It impacts how you think, feel and act.
It affects everyone – regardless of age, gender, race or socioeconomic status. It can lead to poor performance at work or school, financial difficulties and even suicide.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health month, which is celebrated each May, brings much needed attention to the importance of good mental health. It also helps to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems, so that people are more comfortable talking about them.
It is important to remember that mental health issues are common and treatable. If you are experiencing a mental health problem, it is critical that you seek treatment right away.
Fortunately, many mental health professionals are trained to provide support and assistance. They can help you find the best resources for your specific situation and can help you overcome any barriers that you are facing.
To stay on top of your mental health, it is important to practice self-care habits. Taking time to exercise, eat healthy foods, and get enough sleep can help you maintain a strong level of mental wellness. It can also help you recharge and avoid burnout.
May is National Counseling Awareness Month
Counseling awareness month is a time when mental health professionals are recognized for the important work they do. It’s also a time when people learn about the benefits of counseling and how they can get help if they need it.
According to the American Counseling Association, more than 665,500 counselors work in a variety of settings across the country. These professionals help individuals and families deal with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance use, grief, trauma, PTSD, and more.
For more information on how you can celebrate counseling awareness month, visit the ACA websiteExternal link:open_in_new. It features media tip sheets and story ideas to get you started.
This year, the ACA is focusing on self-care and advocacy as well as inclusion for counselors. Check out our resources and share them in your community or on social media!
May is National Suicide Prevention Month
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 123 suicides each day in the United States. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in adults and the second leading cause for those ages 10 to 34.
While it’s difficult to talk about suicide, it is essential that those in need be able to access the support they need. During this month, organizations, mental health professionals, survivors, and allies come together to raise awareness around suicide, bust stigma, and promote suicide prevention efforts.
This year, the CDC has developed a social media toolkit for suicide prevention month that includes sample graphics and messages that highlight how personal connections are key to preventing suicide. These tools can be used to promote the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and encourage people to reach out for help when they need it most.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a national organization that helps those who have suffered from suicide, assists with sourcing effective treatment services, and works to prevent suicide by advocating for better mental health care. NAMI also provides resources to those who are concerned about a friend or loved one with suicide concerns.
May is National Mental Health Month
Mental health month is a time when people across the country come together to spread awareness of mental illness. This is an important month to educate the public about mental illness, celebrate recovery from mental health conditions and reduce stigma.
During the month, mental health organizations and advocacy groups around the country host fundraisers, community outreach events and awareness activities to raise money and awareness for mental health. These events help support research, funding for treatment options and connect advocates to improve the future of mental health care.
It’s also a great time to build self-care habits. These include making healthy food choices, getting enough sleep, and finding ways to relax and recharge your mind. Whether it’s journaling, doing yoga, or taking time out to meditate, these are great ways to build resiliency and take care of your mental health.