Mind Your Mental Health

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

Want to feel better while also making someone else feel better? Join in on Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17, 2020, where you can do something nice for a complete stranger, a family member or a co-worker. You also can express kindness anytime for those in your life who may be experiencing mental illness.

  • Share your concern. Learn more about how to reassure the person that he or she will get better with the right kind of treatment. Download PDF

  • Listen actively. Show respect, compassion and understanding. Ask these questions to show you care. Download PDF

  • Be patient. Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a shock. Providing support can make a difference.  Download PDF

Check back in on March 1, 2020 for next month’s content.

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 illness

is common and treatable. About one in five in the U.S. experience mental illness. Sadly, because of the stigma with mental illness, many people do not get the treatment they need.

Mental health topics

Alcohol abuse
Anxiety

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.

Awareness

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

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.

Drug addiction
Holiday stress

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.

Mental health in children
Resilience

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

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.

Suicide

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.

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

Support for yourself

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

February—The Power of Kindness

This month, Stamp Out Stigma is highlighting the power of kindness. You never know if someone is experiencing a mental health condition, and many physical disabilities are invisible. Practicing kindness encourages patience and empathy. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing resources and starting conversations. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • After a month of a group of highly anxious individuals performing at least six acts of kindness a week, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals.
  • When you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
  • When we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.
  • Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy.

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