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Mental illnesses are quite prevalent among us. According to the World Health Organization, over 450 million people currently suffer from mental or neurological disorders worldwide. Also, mental disorders affect at least one in four people.
Our mental health determines how we behave, act, or feel on any given day. It’s necessary to take care of our mental health, just as we would do with our physical health.
While I believe that we should have mental health conversations all year round, I applaud countries and organizations that have designated periods to create awareness on this subject.
In the US, the entire month of May is dedicated to mental health awareness every year. In Canada, mental health awareness week occurred from May 4th through 10th, 2020. In the UK, mental health awareness week will begin on May 18th through 24th, 2020. While on a global scale, many countries will celebrate mental health on or around October 10th, which is World Mental Health Day.
So this month of May, I’m joining the movement to drive conversations around mental health. My goal is to raise awareness and make people know that they are not alone.
Coming Really Soon!
I can’t wait to share my interviews with some mental health advocates whose work I admire. They graciously agreed to share their stories, advice, and resources around mental health.
In the coming days, I’ll be sharing their stories with you, their thoughts on stigmas, some resources, and their advice on how to support people living with mental health conditions, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that their stories encourage you and make you realize that you’re not alone. #InThisTogether
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In the meantime, what have you been doing to take care of your mental health?
Mental Health Resources:
- Building Better Mental Health
- How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The Occupational Phenomenon Called Employee Burnout
- Simple Ways to Prioritize Your Mental Well-being in the Workplace
- Toolkit – For mental health month, Mental Health America is sharing #Tools2Thrive – tools that can help everyone make small changes that have a big impact on our mental health. Want to learn more and download the free #Tools2Thrive toolkit? Visit this web page.