Mental Health Awareness Month: What Should We be Aware of?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Health Awareness Month: What Should We be Aware of?
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
The entire month of May is devoted to mental health awareness. That's amazing, given that not too long ago, terms like "mental illness" and even "mental health" were taboo. Having a month dedicated to mental health means that the topic is becoming acceptable to discuss in more than a hushed whisper behind closed doors. But what, exactly, are we supposed to be aware of during Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month is about many different concepts. Some of the things to which the month of May calls attention include:
- Understanding that mental health is in reach of everyone and that mental illness and mental health aren't opposite states of existence
- Realizing the facts about mental health in order to increase empathy and understanding
- Becoming aware of seeing a person first, rather than focusing on an illness
It could be said that Mental Health Awareness Month is about reducing mental health stigma. While true, it's incomplete.
Mental Health Awareness Month is about knowing how to improve or maintain our psychological wellbeing. It means having a fresh perspective on each other and what makes us mentally healthy. It's about celebrating that we have a Mental Health Awareness Month so people can learn how to thrive and live fully, even with mental health challenges.
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- Mental Health 101: Developing Coping Strategies
- What is Emotional Health? And How to Improve It?
- Surviving Mental Illness Stigma in a Judgmental World
Today's Question: What would you like people to be aware of during Mental Health Awareness Month? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Top 21 Anxiety Grounding Techniques
- Making a Relationship Work When You Have Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder and Drinking
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- How To Practice Life-Affirming Rituals Every Day
- Setting Boundaries with Borderline Sufferers
- Substance Withdrawal: Alcohol, Opiates and Benzodiazepines
- What Men Don’t Know about Rape: Mike Tyson, Donald Trump
- How To Cope With Binge Eating Disorder At Work
- 8 Secrets of Positive People
- Practical Stress Relievers for Work
- Are You Addicted to Your Phone?
- Dissociative Identity Disorder Self-Care: Meeting Basic Needs
- You Want Me To Focus on Anxiety? Seriously?
- Bipolar Disorder and Decreasing Functionality
- Suicide and the Selfishness Stigma
- Codependency in Families with Mental Illness and Addiction
- Functioning with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder
- Eating Dessert During Eating Disorder Recovery Is Okay
- Healing Shame Associated with Trauma and PTSD
- Why Avoidance of Reality is Dangerous
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Recent Cancer Diagnosis Associated With Increased Risk Of Mental Health Disorders
- Group Activities Reduced Depressive Symptoms Among Older People With Dementia
- Yoga And Aquatic Exercise Can Help Combat MS Symptoms
- PTSD Could Be Prevented With Gut Microbes, Study Suggests
- Binge Drinking May Be Encouraged By Cycle Of Stress And Reward
- Friends Better Than Morphine: Larger Social Networks Release More Pain-Killing Endorphin
- Exercise Genes? Study Suggests Certain People With Depression May Benefit From Exercise
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Linked To Reduced Depressive Relapse Risk
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
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Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Mental Health Awareness Month: What Should We be Aware of?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, March 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/mental-health-awareness-month-what-should-we-be-aware-of