Mind Your Mental Health is an educational initiative designed to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.
April is Stress Awareness Month. When stress triggers your body’s “fight-or-flight” response, it strains your emotional and physical health. Over time you may lose the ability to recognize the harmful effects of stress.
Spot the signs. Excessive stress often shows as muscle tightness, headaches, fatigue, sleep problems, high blood pressure and digestive problems. It also often causes restlessness, anxiety, irritability and depression. Download PDF
Track and manage stressors. Keep a journal and document the recurring situations that create your stress, and how you typically respond. While you may not be able to avoid stressful circumstances, you can learn to group them or plan more positive ways to view them. Download PDF
Care for you! Adopt a relaxation technique, get enough sleep and exercise, eat a balanced diet and schedule time for activities where you can explore your interests, relax and recharge. Download PDF
Check back in on May 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.
This month, Stamp Out Stigma recognizes alcohol awareness. 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. Remember, mental illness does not discriminate.
Here are some important facts you should know:
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Long-term health risks of alcohol use include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
- Approximately 14.8 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder.
- In 2018, 26.45% of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month.