There is no health 

without mental health

-World Health Organization

Mind Your Mental Health is an educational initiative designed to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.

What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being.

What is mental illness?

Mental illnesses, when they occur, are common and treatable. About one in five in the U.S. experience mental illness. Sadly, there are many negative stereotypes and stigma associated with mental illness, and many people do not get the treatment they need.

You can make a difference

At Magellan, our purpose is to lead humanity to healthy, vibrant lives. We believe that everyone should be able to live their best lives, no matter what challenges they may face. Learning about mental health and how mental illness affects others helps us to understand that many people are battling illnesses, deserve to get help and should be treated with dignity. Knowing how to improve your mental health can help you lead a happy, fulfilling life. 

Scroll down to find monthly articles and tools that you can use to learn more about this important topic and share with your friends and loved ones.

We’ll introduce a new topic each month throughout 2018. Learn more and help change the conversation from fear and a lack of understanding to recognition, kindness and how to get treatment. Your small effort could make a big difference in someone’s life.


May–Mental Health Awareness │ June–Stress and Anxiety │ July–Support for Yourself and Others

 August–Mental Health in Children │ September–Suicide and Depression

October–Drug Addiction and Substance Misuse│ November–Holiday Stress │ December–Caring for Caregivers

October: Drug addiction and substance misuse

Substance misuse is defined as using drugs or alcohol in a way that harms you or leads you to harm others, like your family or friends. People can misuse both legal and illegal substances including drugs and/or alcohol. Substance misuse can lead to addiction, a chronic disease characterized by seeking drugs or alcohol, and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.

Learn more about how to recognize the signs of substance misuse and addiction, and what you can do about it. 

Five shocking statistics about drug and alcohol misuse.

The $500 billion cost of drug misuse per year.

What are the signs of substance misuse and addiction?

Four tips to help someone get treatment for substance misuse.

Tips to plan for alcohol or drug relapse.

Strategies to say “no” to drugs and alcohol.

Help your child avoid drugs and alcohol.

What are the dangers of substance use during pregnancy? 

How many lives are claimed per year by underage drinking?

Seven FAQs of opioid addiction.

How do I know when to get help for an intoxicated person?

How to safeguard & properly dispose of medications in your home.

Is alcohol or drug use a problem for me?

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

Four tips to help someone prevent relapse.

How to support a loved one’s recovery.

Trying to cut back on alcohol? Try these three tips.

Don’t let the past steal your present.

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace.

Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else.

September: Suicide and depression

Depression is more than just being in a bad mood. Depression is a serious illness that drains your energy, hope and drive, making it difficult to take the steps that will help you to feel better. While overcoming depression and suicidal thoughts isn’t quick or easy, it’s possible.

Learn more about how to recognize the signs of depression and suicide in yourself and loved ones, and what you can do to receive the treatment you deserve. 

10 symptoms of depression.

Can depression be treated?

What are the myths and facts about suicide?

Is seasonal depression a real thing?

What are the warning signs of suicide in children and teens?

How to heal after a loved one has committed suicide?

What do I do if someone is threatening suicide?

How can I recognize if an adult is suicidal? 

How common is post-partum depression?

How many people experience mental illness?

What are the statistics around suicide?

Are you or someone you care about at risk for suicide? Take this assessment to find out.

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

How to show you care.

Questions to ask someone if you are worried they may be depressed or suicidal.

Life goes on (quote by Maya Angelou).

You matter.

Five tips to help someone who may be depressed.

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances.

August: Mental health in children

A child’s mental health affects nearly every aspect of their overall health. Their physical health and their ability to become successful, contributing members of society depends on the state of mind they bring to every situation. Children’s mental health issues are real, common and treatable. According to the American Psychological Association, an estimated 15 million young people in the United States have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, but nearly two thirds of them receive little or no help.

Learn more about how to recognize the warning signs of mental health issues in children and what you can do to help them receive the treatment they deserve. 

How can I recognize depression in children and teens?

How can I help my child build a healthy body image?

12 tips to raise an optimist.

How to help children understand divorce.

What are the most common FAQs about children’s mental health?

What can I do to help my child build inner strength?

What are the warning signs of stress in children?

How can I help my child learn resilience? 

What can I do to help my child with peer pressure?

How can I recognize if my child is suicidal? 

Take this quiz to determine if your family is stressed out.

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful…

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing who you are

Five tips to raise an optimist

Three tips to help your child build a healthy body image

Help your child develop good self-esteem

July: Support for yourself and others

When a friend, family member or coworker has a mental health condition, your support can make a big difference in their recovery process. However, it may be hard to know how to approach the subject. It can also be particularly difficult to balance your support of someone else with caring for your own needs.

Learn how to support someone with mental illness through their recovery, while still taking good care of your own mental health.

Seven ways to help yourself when you have a mental illness

Nine questions to ask someone with mental illness

Encourage someone to seek help

Help yourself heal, grow and recover

Support friends or colleagues with stress

Care for a child with mental illness

Support a friend or family member with mental illness

How to tell others you have mental illness

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for

We rise by lifting others

Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours

The support you receive from others throughout life is essential

Seven tips to cope with your mental illness

How to help someone with mental illness

Give yourself the support you deserve

June: Stress and anxiety

How much stress and anxiety is too much? Stress affects everyone, and can build up in all sorts of ways. Feeling stressed or anxious can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help you get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress or anxiety can have negative health consequences and take a severe emotional toll.

Learn how to recognize when you or someone you care about is feeling too stressed out or anxious, and how to manage it. Improve your mental health with the tips and information below:

What are the myths and facts about anxiety?

What is stress & 9 other stress related facts

13 tips to take control of stress

How can I cope with anxiety?

What can I do to help my coworkers with anxiety?

10 ways to manage your stress at work

How can I help my child or teen with stress?

Take this quiz to learn how to set limits.

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

The greatest weapon against stress

One day at a time. One moment at a time

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations

5 tips to take control of stress

May: Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there is no better time than now to talk about reducing stigma surrounding mental health. Stigma creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. Here are a few common questions about mental health:

What is the difference between mental health and mental illness?

What are the most common myths and facts about mental health? 

How can I become more resilient or help others improve their resilience?

How can I use mindfulness to keep work and home separate?

What steps can I take to improve my mental health?

Take this quiz to determine how resilient you are.

Let your family, friends, colleagues and others know your commitment to Mind Your Mental Health. Share the graphics below on social media with the hashtag #MYMH.

Seven myths and facts about mental health

Six tips to maintain emotional balance

Five Tips to Improve your mental health

Common myths and facts about mental health

Watch these great videos to learn more

Tell me about Schizophrenia

What is depression?

Stepping up

Tell me about bipolar disorder

10 common warning signs of a mental health condition

We'll see you tomorrow

No one else can play your part

Dear discouraged

Fears vs. dreams

Videos courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and To Write Love on Her Arms

Still interested in learning? 

Visit these organizations’ websites

Join the conversation on social media

#MYMH

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