May is Mental Health Month!
May is Mental Health Month and it has never been more important than this year. Just weeks ago, we had no idea that our world was going to be turned upside down by COVID-19. Or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone would experience.
This year’s May is Mental Health Month theme, #Tools2Thrive, explores practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency and it is especially useful this year. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.
For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique.
Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own tools, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – for maximum happiness in life.
Check out a few of the tools that we use here at NLCMHA:
- 20 Stress Reducers
- Guide for Healthy Sleep
- Grounding Techniques for when you feel overwhelmed
- myStrength.com – sign up using the free code NLCMHcommunity
- Plus explore more topics here
Explore some of the tools from Mental Health America:
24/7 NLCMHA Crisis Line
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Remember, if ever you feel it’s a crisis, call us. We are here for you. When in doubt, call us!
A crisis is self-defined – YOU determine if it is a crisis. It might be out-of-control behaviors that put people at risk, thoughts of suicide, stresses that impact daily life, or it may be that you don’t know what else to do. No one is denied access to crisis services. You can call even if you do not have insurance. There are no out of pocket costs. So do not hesitate to reach out!