May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By:
Barbara Boustead

               

                     May is Mental Health Awareness Month

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency - and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.

This May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Mary's Daughter is highlighting #Tools2Thrive - what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.

This May, we are also exploring topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive - recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others - all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But Mary’s Daughter wants everyone to know that mental health issues are real, and recovery is possible.

Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health–and set yourself on the path to recovery.

For more information, visit www.mhanational.org/may or if you live in Dane County, Wisconsin check out NAMI for additional resources. https://www.namidanecounty.org/