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CELEBRATING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

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Hello, Everyone! Are you ready for spring weather? May, the fifth month of the year, is a great time to spend more time outside and breathe some fresh air, despite COVID19 regulations. Be careful and wear that mask and try not to assemble in one place. I do feel sorry for the folks out there suffering from allergies. Allergies are a real bummer, and I can relate. I have my own set of allergies.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the last several years, I have written several articles on this topic and will begin by recanting my mantra, “Every Journey Begins With One Step.” 

With this said, Mental Health Awareness Month has a specific theme every year. For 2022, the theme is “Together For Mental Health.” According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), people need to bring their voices together to advocate for Mental Health and improve access to care. NAMI theorizes people will realize a more coherent shared vision of mental health. Then, people more easily find the appropriate support and quality of care needed to live healthy and fulfilling times for everyone.

There are significant reasons for having Mental Health Awareness Month. From May 10 through May 16, Mental Health Week is the most critical week of May. During this week, people are encouraged to focus on getting people talking about mental health and reduce the stigma that prevents individuals from asking for assistance with our issues. One in four people in the world suffers from mental health problems.

Mental Health Awareness Month exists to educate, first and foremost. People need to be better informed and knowledgeable about their mental health and the more significant mental health crisis. 

Part of educating and informing people about mental health ensures all Americans get the same opportunities equally and fairly. Mental health stigma refers to societal disapproval, or when a society places shame on people who live with mental health issues. Successfully combating stigma happens when all people reap the benefits of better overall physical and psychological health.

How can you best observe Mental Health Awareness month? 

Good question. Let’s proceed. Initially, reach out to your friends and relatives. In your own words, try to explain the issues. Be open to talking about your mental health concerns. 

As individuals dealing with mental health concerns, remember that other people also have their own needs and may also require mental health treatment. Maybe one day, people can discuss mental health issues in conversation as quickly as physically.

My shortlist of recommendations (Remember the letters: RTPARB)

Respond positively, and offer support. 

Try to steer people in a better course of action. 

Provide suggestions that might benefit everyone. 

Ask for the time off and visit your therapy team. 

Request your therapist assess the troubling situation. 

Be as mentally sharp as possible will create new solutions.

Enjoy life to the fullest, and experience the positive impact on your body physically and mentally. Don’t be shy or afraid to talk with others about what is hurting you. Mental distress is not your doing and certainly not your fault. Don’t listen to anything otherwise because it is simply a misnomer. 

Mental health ‘recipients’ have come a long way. I still remember times when people with mental health conditions were outcasts. These folks were not only mistreated by their families and friends but also by the entire medical profession; situations have changed. Progressive reforms are serving to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. 

More people, including the medical community, are altering their outlooks on ‘mental illness.’ This huge change in perspective is visible with new and exciting shifts in language, from disease to mental health or mental wellness. Long-distance is good, but you may need to go further in your excursions.

There is bound to be a ‘breakdown’ or two. Humans so meticulously put-together and well-oiled complex machines—the human mind and body need to work in harmony. Even with the extraordinary advancements in technology and science, this is not always possible. People get sick or just overwhelmed with life sometimes.

As neurologists refer to it, we could all benefit from additional ‘mental power’ or cognitive reserve. Until this happens, we need to take the best possible care of our minds and souls.

At this moment, May is here!

All of us here at Mental Health Affairs are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month to the fullest extent. Naturally, we all deal with mental health issues because, after all, we are human beings who need to do what we can to survive. 

Join us as we spread the good word of recovery. Remember, this begins with one person and another and can spread quickly. Do our part, one person after another.

See you in the NewsBlogs and Newsletters.

About the Author

Howard Diamond CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

Howard Diamond, CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) is a hardworking Editorial Board Member and eager contributor to Mental Health Affairs. He has worked in various settings all over Long Island and New York State where he resides. His articles are layered with incredible profound insights into his health and state of being, which resonate with his audience do deeply struggling with their mental health and connection to the bigger world. Howard has a dedicated following of readers and he also writes for other websites on his lived experience and ongoing thoughts on mental health. We are happy to have him working with the site and being so gracious with his time, energy, and dedication to our site.
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2 thoughts on “CELEBRATING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

  1. Great post! Thank you for sharing these valuable resources and information.

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