Mind Your Mental Health is an educational initiative designed to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.
September—Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
This is a time to show compassion for those affected by suicide, to raise awareness about suicide risk and to connect individuals with suicidal thoughts to treatment services.
- Suicide can happen to anyone. Learn more about the warning signs of suicide in children and teens. Download PDF
- If you feel someone is at risk, take time to talk with them. Research shows that people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring, non-judgmental way. Download PDF
- Help them stay safe. Studies show that fewer suicides occur when people have less access to lethal means (firearms, certain medications, etc.). Download PDF
Check back in on October 1, 2020 for next month’s content.
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.
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 is a pattern of drinking too much alcohol too often. It interferes with your daily life, can harm your harms your relationship and can cause you to be unable to function at work and in other areas of your life. Learn how to recognize the signs of alcohol abuse and how to get help.
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.
Drug addiction is a complex disease, characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. Quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Learn more about how to recognize the signs of drug addiction, and what you can do about 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. 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.
If you are in a crisis or considering suicide, or if you or someone you know is currently in danger, please call 911 immediately.
September is National Recovery Month! The 2020 Recovery Month theme is, “Everyday Recovery.” This theme emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country that support recovery in all its forms. Here are some important facts you should know:
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
- More women with AMI (48.8%) received mental health treatment than men with AMI (33.9%).
- The misuse of prescription opioids and use of heroin is one of the most significant public health issues in the United States. Opioid abuse claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes.
- According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning.
- 50% of individuals with eating disorders abused alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population.