May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this time, we raise awareness of those living with mental health disorders. We also advocate to reduce negative attitudes and beliefs about mental illness.
Mental health ranges widely. At one end of the spectrum, a person may feel positive and engaged. At another end, they may experience disruptive symptoms from a mental disorder. Mental health issues affect our entire society in some way. 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. Most of us have someone in our lives experiencing distress. They are in our families, workplaces, schools, and communities.
There are resources, tools, and professionals available to support people with mental illness. Many people with mental health disorders live full and satisfying lives. Often, they use their experience to inspire hope in others.
Mental health is an important part of whole health. This is true for everyone. Here are a few tips for good mental health care:
1) Take care of your body by:
- Getting enough sleep.
- Staying active.
- Eating foods that make you feel good.
- Taking medication as prescribed.
2) Connect with people you love.
3) Make time for activities you enjoy.
4) Ask for help when you need it.
5) If you need immediate mental health support, call the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May. These books for all ages highlight the importance of mental health and wellness.
Learn more about mental health and mental illness from these organizations. You will find resources, statistics, and tips for supporting someone you love.