Mind Your Mental Health

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

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.

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.

April: Alcohol Awareness Month - help for yourself and others struggling with substance misuse

Check back in on May 1, 2019 for next month’s content.

We’ve partnered with Stamp Out Stigma to recognize Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol use disorder or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding addictions and mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. Throughout the month of April, we encourage you to learn more about alcohol addiction. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
  • Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death
  • Excessive alcohol, including underage drinking and binge drinking, can increase a person’s risk of developing serious health problems, including brain and liver damage, heart disease, hypertension, and fetal damage in pregnant women
  • Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption

Mental health topics

Everyone feels nervous or anxious at one time or another. But when frequent, powerful feelings of fear or dread cause people to feel they have lost control over their lives, they may have an anxiety disorder. Learn more about the signs and symptoms and how you can help yourself if you struggle with anxiety.

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. Learn more about mental health awareness and how to change the perception of mental illness.

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 isn’t quick or easy, it’s possible. Learn more about how to recognize the signs of depression, and what you can do to receive the treatment you deserve.

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. Learn practical strategies to manage holiday stress and find peace and joy.

Resilience is the ability to recover from hardship and difficulties, and even to cope with life’s inevitable stresses. People who are resilient cope with stress in a positive way and tend to live longer, have lower rates of depression and are more satisfied with their lives. Learn how to increase resilience abilities and maintain emotional balance.

Stress affects everyone, and can build up in all sorts of ways. Feeling stressed 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 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 and how to manage it.

We can all help prevent suicide. A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. Learn more about how to talk about suicidal thoughts and feelings and how you can support someone who feels suicidal.

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

To be able to care for the people you love, you must first take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is a valid goal on its own, and it helps you support the people you love. Self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of many mental health problems. Learn more about how to find help for yourself and stay aware of your mental health.

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**If you are in crisis or considering suicide, or if you or someone you know is currently in danger, please call 911 immediately.**