May is Mental Health Month!

​During these challenging times, mental health is more important than ever.  To recognize Mental Health Month, there is a wealth of information available to provide education and support for mental wellness.  Each week in May, information will be shared here that can be helpful in maintaining and improving mental health.  For more information, see the resources below, or call our warm line at 385-0978.

May 29

For the fifth and final week of Mental Health Month, there are two topics to explore.  Connecting with Others and Supporting Others are intertwined and are perhaps the most important and pertinent mental health topics during the world’s current circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the pandemic we are having to find ways to connect with others that are at times creative and innovative.  As is the case in many of life’s situations, we realize the significance of human connections when we no longer have – even if temporarily – the opportunity to maintain those connections as we’ve always known them.

During this time it has become amazingly clear that supporting others can not only support our own mental wellness – it feels good to help others – but it is certainly very important to the mental wellness of other individuals who are receiving the support. 

A phone call, Facetime connection, ordering a meal to send to someone, mailing a card – or providing support in many other ways – can lift spirits for both the sender and the receiver. 

Follow these links to learn more about the significance of connecting with and how to provide helpful support to others!

May 22

We know that work, paying bills, cleaning, getting enough sleep, and taking care of children are just some of the things we do each day - and it can all quickly become overwhelming.

By creating routines, we can organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves becomes a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think too much about them. *

For some of us, creating healthy routines is often not an easy task.  Allowing ourselves to take things one step at a time – one day at a time – can help us develop routines we’re more likely to maintain over time.
 
Creating healthy routines through diet, sleep, and exercise has the benefit of enhancing our physical and mental wellness. Click here to learn more about Mental Health America’s Tools2Thrive for creating healthy routines. The resource sheet provides helpful tips for creating your own healthy routines, and includes a guide for developing personal goals.

*Source: Mental Health America

May 15

This week’s message for Mental Health Month focuses on eliminating toxic influences in our lives.
 
It’s important to recognize when certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel bad or engage in destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time. *
 
Click here to learn more about Mental Health America’s Tools2Thrive for Eliminating Toxic Influences. The resource sheet can help you identify toxic traits, and steps you can take on your own to establish healthy boundaries and eliminate toxic influences.

Need some help on your journey? Emotions Anonymous is a peer support group devoted to improving the emotional well-being of its members. Local meetings are being held virtually during the pandemic. To learn more, visit emotionsanonymous.org, or call 757-407-2560.

*Source: Mental Health America

May 8

This week’s topic for Mental Health Month is Finding the Positive. This can be challenging in today’s world. Finding the positives in life doesn’t mean ignoring the negative. Practicing gratitude can train your brain to look for good things that are happening, which helps to recover mentally and emotionally.
 
Information found at the link below can provide validation and support for finding positives after loss. COVID-19 has affected loss in multiple ways for everyone. Our perspective on life – finding the positives – is what will keep us going during this trying time.
 
Please remember, and remind others within your circle of influence, that you are not alone!  Click here to learn more about Mental Health America’s helpful information about Finding the Positives.

May 1

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.*

Mental Health America’s (MHA) theme for 2020 is Tools 2 Thrive. Beginning today, and each week in May, the tools developed by MHA will be shared with you. Topics include Owning Your Feelings, Finding the Positive, Connecting With Others, Eliminating Toxic Influences, and Creating Health Routines. Click here for more information about this week's topic: 7 Tips for Owning Your Feelings.

*Source: Mental Health America

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