May is mental health awareness month, but what does that mean? For many people, it’s a time to reflect on their own mental health and make sure that they are taking care of themselves. It’s also a time to raise awareness about mental health in general and help reduce the stigma around mental illness.
Mental health is an important issue all year round, but making it a priority in May can help start the conversation and make a difference in people’s lives. May has been observed as mental health awareness month since 1949, and mental health awareness week has been observed since 1955. In 1992, mental health America (then known as the national mental health association) launched mental health month to raise awareness about mental illness and mental health.
Mental health awareness month is a time to learn more about mental illness and how it can affect people’s lives. It’s also a time to talk about mental health in a way that doesn’t stigmatize those who live with mental illness. Making mental health a priority can help create a society that is more understanding and supportive of those who live with mental illness.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, there is help available. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support.
Below are a few suggestions on ways to make your mental health a priority and how you can help raise awareness in your life.
-Educate yourself and others about mental illness.
-Make time for self-care.
-Reach out to a friend or family member who may be struggling.
-Start a conversation about mental health.
-Encourage others to seek help if they are struggling.
-Support a mental health charity or organization.
-Spread positivity and hope.
-Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling
-Make an appointment with a mental health professional
-Identify your personal stressors and find healthy ways to cope with them
-Exercise, eat healthy, and get enough sleep
-Take breaks from social media and the news
-Connect with nature
-Do something that makes you happy every day
Making your mental health a priority is the first step in taking care of yourself. By taking care of your mental health, you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way.
Let’s work together to break the stigma and show that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. We all have mental health, let’s take care of it.