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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This month we recognize mental health, promote awareness, increase acceptance of mental health problems, and improve education about mental health. There are so many people in the United States and across the globe who struggle with their mental health and mental illnesses. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that about 1 in 5 Americans experienced mental illness based on 2020 statistics. It is important to note that mental illness does not only affect adults. Children and teens are also affected by mental illness. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1 in 7, 10-19-year-olds, experience a mental illness across the globe.

With such a high prevalence, it is time we work to break the stigma of mental health and how we talk about mental health.

Dr. Janessa Dominguez

All of us will go through ups and downs throughout our lives. Our experiences will impact us in different ways, and each of us will develop unique ways of coping. But how can we open the doors for these conversations to take place? How can we become more aware of and accept the differences among us regarding our mental health?

For me, education is at the core. The more we learn about mental health and mental illness, the more aware we become of the signs and symptoms, treatment options, and resources available. Statistics and fact sheets are available free through NAMI to help spread awareness and break the stigma.

Promoting positive mental health is another way we can open the doors. We can engage in activities and exercises that improve our mental health and help us stay balanced.

Need some help thinking of some ideas?

Here is a list of just some of the things you can incorporate to promote positive mental health in your life:

  • Exercise
  • Stay Moving
  • Drink more water
  • Get enough sleep
  • Practice gratitude
  • Listen to music
  • Spend time with loved ones

Looking for more?

For more information on resources, visit https://namibroward.org/ or https://namipbc.org/. You can also call 2-1-1 for help and check their website for additional resources https://www.211.org/. At Shaping Change, we are also here to assist you and your family. Contact us to schedule a free consultation!

Disclaimer: The information and content in this blog and any links and materials are not intended to be and should not be construed or substituted as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician and or other qualified healthcare professionals with any questions you may have.