Mental Health Month takes on special significance this year
This year’s observance of Mental Health Month is more important than ever as people the world over strive to meet challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
May is Mental Health Month was started more than 70 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and about the importance of good mental health for everyone. Community Mental Health Center Inc., Lawrenceburg, and Mental Health America encourage you to learn about #Tools2Thrive.
Mental Health Month calls attention to strategies and approaches that can help everyone achieve good health. Information is available on Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net.
One in five people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, but everyone faces challenges every day that can impact their mental health. The COVID-19 crisis is an ever-present example right now.
The good news is that there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and to increase resiliency.
#Tools2Thrive highlight what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, to be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or with mental health issues, to build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, and to work toward a path of recovery.
During Mental Health Month, you can build your own set of #Tools2Thrive: recognizing and owning your feelings; finding hope after loss and trauma; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating health routines, and supporting others.
“While we celebrate Mental Health Month in May, our reality is that every day we need to look at how we can support our mental health and wellness,” said CMHC Executive Director Tom Talbot.
“Life is always full of stressors and with the COVID-19 crisis, now more than ever, we need to take positive steps to thrive.”
Mental Health America has developed a series of fact sheets, available on the organization’s website at www.mhanational.org/may, as part of a toolkit to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health.
A variety of other resources about mental health is available on Mental Health America’s website.
This year’s toolkit includes information focusing on COVID-19 and how we can all work together to support our mental health in the face of uncertainty.
A concrete, constructive way to begin building a toolkit is to take a quick, convenient online mental health screening by visiting CMHC’s website at www.cmhcinc.org and clicking on the link on the right-hand side of the website’s home page.
Mental Health America also offers a screening on their website at www.MHAscreening.org.
The organization is running a campaign with the goal of having one million individuals complete the screening during the month of May.
“Screening can help identify issues or problems. Often, one knows or is informed by others, that there are issues that need to be addressed,” said Talbot.
“If you have concerns, seek professional help. Take that positive step to make your life better. One thing we know for certain: treatment works. With the added stressors associated with COVID-19, we all can use some help or support. Reach out. CMHC can help.”
CMHC provides behavioral health and substance use disorders services in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.
CMHC is continuing to maintain some services during the COVID-19 crisis, as behavioral health and substance use disorders services have been declared essential by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
For information about services, call the following numbers: Lawrenceburg, 812-537-7375; St. Leon, 812-576-1600.