Mental Health Month

May 7, 2021

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month. Throughout the month organizations across the country look to promote mental health as a priority for everyone, and spreading best practices for nurturing your mental health. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted everyone’s mental health, so this year, more than ever, it is important to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles.

What Is Good Mental Health?

Having good mental health isn’t simply not having a diagnosed mental illness. The Mental Health Foundation characterizes good mental health “by a person’s ability to fulfill a number of key functions and activities” which includes the following:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express, and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty

While these functions and activities can be more challenging for those with mental illness, they are things we should all maintain. 

What You Can Do For Yourself and Your Community During Mental Health Month

Mental Health America provides a number of great actions you can take for yourself and your community during Mental Health Month. To start, they offer a number of free mental health screenings you can take to help assess your mental health and provide you with information, resources, and tools to use based on your results. 

If you’re looking for an active way to support Mental Health Month, you can join their campaign and run or walk and help fundraise for IDONTMIND and Mental Health America. 

You can share your support for Mental Health Month by taking part in their Advocacy Mondays or by sharing out one of their many provided social media posts from their Mental Health Month Toolkit

Finally, they offer a number of resources for improving your mental health, that you can find here.

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