In 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) began Mental Health Awareness Month. Every May, numerous organizations come together for advocacy and resources. This year, the theme is Tools 2 Thrive, an optimistic topic given some of the past year’s unique challenges.
While the global pandemic has impacted many people, young people are disproportionately affected. This year’s toolkit focuses on the following key points:
Adapting after acute trauma and stress:
- Validate and explore your emotions after the event.
- Practice relaxation strategies to help with stress reduction.
Coping with significant changes:
- Stick with consistency and find a schedule that works for you.
- Embrace change, even if it feels difficult.
Changing negative thinking patterns:
- Challenge negative thoughts as they arise.
- Practice positive affirmations to reframe unhelpful thoughts.
Practicing radical acceptance:
- Become more aware of tendencies to
- Embrace mindfulness and meditation.
- Connect with your support system.
- Aim to take care of your physical body every day.
Navigating difficult emotions like anger or sadness:
- Process your feelings with techniques like journaling or thought records.
- Implement healthy coping skills on a routine basis
MHA’s toolkit provides various resources people can use to learn more about these topics. Likewise, embracing a self-help approach this month can improve your overall well-being.
That said, if you are struggling with your mental health, MHA advocates the importance of reaching out for professional support. Seeking appropriate care can help reduce unwanted symptoms and improve your self-esteem. Contact us today to learn more.