Mind Your Mental Health

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

The winter holidays are supposed to be joyous, but they can also be hectic, stressful and sometimes disappointing. But there are techniques you can adopt to handle the holiday crunch better.

  • Take this confidential quiz to find out if you might be at risk for holiday stress this season. Download PDF

  • Check out these nine tips for reducing your stress both before and during the holidays. Download PDF

  • Learn how to recognize signs of stress in children.  Download PDF

Check back in on January 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.

December—National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month

This month, Stamp Out Stigma is taking the opportunity to bring more awareness around how the holidays affect us. It’s important to know the warning signs of mental health conditions and how to manage stress during the holiday season, as well as share resources and tips on how to start the conversation if you’re worried about a loved one. Throughout December, we encourage you, family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about mental illness and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.
  • Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can causestress and anxiety at holiday time.
  • 64 percent of people say their mental health stress level increases exponentially around this time of year.
  • Headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, and insomnia are some of the possible consequences of poorly managed holiday stress.

Visit these organizations’ websites to learn more

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