May is Mental Health Awareness Month, however, it's safe to say, prioritizing our mental health should be a 365-day affair. Just as physical health, our mental health is something we should all take care of regardless of whether we're experiencing mental illness.
It's been a challenging year for everyone and their mental health. The global pandemic ahs been rightfully difficult for so many, and it's completely reshaped the way many of us view, manage, and maintain our emotional balance.
If we look at the positive, everyone now seems far more comfortable openly discussing and prioritizing their mental health. With teletherapy and online courses, treatment is more accessible than ever, resources are more widely spread, and talking about your well-being on a regular basis has become more common.
Self-care is often depicted as face masks, exercise routines and gratitude journaling. While that can be true for some, healthy coping strategies span far beyond. True self-care really just means checking in with yourself and considering what your mind and body need. For some this may mean getting feelings out via journaling, meditating and for others a therapy session.
If you are experiencing any type of feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness, or despair in your everyday life, you could benefit from therapy or other professional treatment programs.
- 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness each year.
- Nearly 1 in 20 adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6 -17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 - 34.
- Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
You Are Not Alone! Below find several resources.