It’s finally May, which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month! This month is all about creating awareness around mental health, as well as ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. If you’re looking for some ways to show your support, here are some great ideas!
Whether you’ve personally struggled with mental illness or know someone who has, it is important to share your story. People with mental health issues often feel isolated and alone. The more people that share their stories with mental health issues, the stronger the mental health community becomes. Sharing your experience also helps educate others and smashes the stigma surrounding mental illness.
There are tons of amazing brands out there, both large and small, that are working to fight the stigma around mental health. These companies work to raise awareness, stop the stigma, and raise funds for mental health organizations and facilities. So not only will you gain some awesome items out of it, like these cards or these sweatshirts, but you’ll also be helping a worthy cause.
Approximately 1 in 5 people experience a mental health issue in their life. Chances are one of your friends, family members, or loved ones are struggling with mental health issues, or have struggled with them in the past. Learn the signs of mental illness and educate yourself on how you can help. It might be as simple as flashing a smile!
A big reason it’s difficult to have a conversation about mental health, even today, is that people don’t have the right vocabulary to facilitate effective dialogue. Words like “crazy” and “weak” send the wrong message and may make someone reluctant to share their story or seek treatment. Spend a little time this month reading about mental health, and try to incorporate accurate language when discussing mental health.
By far the best thing you can do this Mental Health Awareness Month is to take care of yourself. Mental health is just like physical health. Get enough sleep, eat well, and keep yourself active. Bettering your mental health is the best way to put yourself in a situation to help others!
Sometimes talking to friends or trustworthy people in your life isn’t enough. If you are hitting a wall with depression, anxiety or some other mental health issue, it’s important to recognize when you need professional help. The best place to start is by receiving a psychiatric evaluation for a licensed psychiatrist of mental health therapist. A knowledgeable mental health professional can provide a diagnosis, and go over your treatment options. Call us today at 561-551-6281 to learn more.