Do these 5 things for mental health awareness month

May 1 / Peter Piñón
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Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

In the last decade, I’ve noticed progress in people being willing to talk about mental health issues and mental illness, and we've got to keep the conversation going.

Mental health is a significant part of overall health and wellness. We need to be self-aware enough to know how our minds are doing. If we know how our mind is, then we can get help.

I understand how tough it can be to take the first step towards getting help when you're dealing with untreated mental illness. I've been in a similar situation for most of my life, so I can relate. I've struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive issues.

In my experience, there were 5 things that helped me a lot. I think it's important to approach mental health and mental illness in a thoughtful and authentic way, and to create an open, friendly, and approachable environment for discussion.

Here are those 5 things that you can do to help yourself and others this Mental Health Awareness Month.

1. Educate yourself
Learn more about mental health conditions and how they can impact people's lives. It can increase your self-awareness about your own experiences. This can help to reduce stigma and increase understanding.

2. Talk about it
Open up conversations with family, friends, and coworkers about mental health and mental illness. This can encourage you and them to share when the struggles come and seek help when necessary.

3. Seek support
If you’re struggling with mental health issues, I encourage you to connect with a mental health professional. This can include therapy, counseling, coaching, medication, or other forms of care. This was one of the best decisions I ever made.

4. Support others
If you know someone who is struggling with mental health issues or mental illness, offer your support and encourage them to seek help. This could involve listening without judgment, offering practical support, or helping them find resources.

5. Take care of yourself
Finally, prioritize your own mental health and well-being. This can include getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and practicing self-care.

Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity for you to start a conversation and continue to break the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.

By educating ourselves, talking openly about mental health, seeking and giving support, and prioritizing our own mental health, we can create a more mentally healthy world.

If you're not sure where to start, check out our course Mental Health 101 and Mental Health Resource Library below. 


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