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
December: Care for caregivers
There are many caregivers in our society and even if you’re not one now, chances are you know someone who is or has been one. This season of giving is a good time to learn more about caring for the caregiver because while the role can be a rewarding experience, it can also be physically and emotionally draining. Most caregivers say they developed a better relationship with the person they cared for, gained more appreciation of life and found strengths they didn’t know they had. However, many also report feelings of anger, frustration, exhaustion, physical stress and not taking care of their own health and well-being.
Holiday stress is never fun, but we all feel it. The holiday season is meant to be a relaxing time spent with family and friends being thankful for another year. However, the whirlwind parties, rich eating, gift-giving, and time spent with some challenging people in your life often leads to increased stress and anxiety. This can result in symptoms that you may not even realize are associated with the stress, including headaches, sleep disturbances, body pains, behavior and other issues that can contribute to a less than joyful season. This month is devoted to giving you practical strategies to manage holiday stress and an understanding of how to help others so you can find peace and joy in this holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: