Mental Health Awareness Month |

As May and Mental Health Awareness Month come to a close, we reflect on the importance of emotional health and how to practice healthy self-care.

Why do we have Mental Health Awareness Month?

Since 1949, each year the month of May has been observed in the United States as Mental Health Awareness Month. The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the importance of mental and emotional health and to work toward ending stigmas associated with mental health.

In the United States, 44 million adults – roughly one in every five – experience a mental illness in a given year. 46% of Americans will experience a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. 

Find more statistics about mental health here.

This Year’s Mental Health Theme

This May, the mental health theme of the month was #4Mind4Body.   Just as we take care of our bodies, so too we need to take care of our minds. The same way we exercise, eat right, and do so much to keep our physical bodies healthy, we also need to think about ways we can work to maintain and improve our emotional health. The same way we see a doctor to check in when thing don’t feel right, also consider seeking out a professional to discuss the health of our minds. We’re all human and there’s more strength than weakness in getting the help you need to be healthy and feel good.

Tips to Improve Your Mental and Emotional Health

Live Healthy – eat well, get some sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress.

Find Ways to Relax – meditation, yoga, get a massage, take a bath, read a book, or find other ways that make you feel calm and balanced.

Spend Time with People – see friends and family to help strengthen your sense of belonging. You can also consider joining a support group as a way to meet and gain moral support from new friends, while connecting with a community.

Do something you love every day – whatever that means to you. Watch TV, go to the gym, try painting or drawing, spend some time outdoors. Find at least one way to enjoy yourself each day.

For more tips on improving your mental and emotional health, check this out.