When mental health is ultimately recognized as essential to physical health, not an extraneous element of it, then we will have access to true, complete, modern medicine.” – John Campo, 2017
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. It is a significant opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues, fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for policy changes that can help those living with mental illness.
Did you know? That 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth in the U.S. experience mental illness each year.
This month serves as an important reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health and that we must ensure everyone has access to the resources they need to maintain good mental health. It’s also a time for us to unite and support those struggling with mental health. Together, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive society where everyone feels safe and supported in their journey towards better mental well-being.
Reflect on the Many Factors of Mental Health
Our mental health is crucial to our overall well-being and influences our daily thoughts, emotions, and actions. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, we must reflect on the various factors that impact our mental health. This month also presents an opportunity to evaluate our surroundings and how they affect our health.
It’s essential to be aware of the symptoms of mental illness and seek help when needed. A mental health screening can provide valuable insight and help determine if consulting a medical professional for a complete assessment is necessary. Trust yourself and take action towards better mental health.
Technology Challenges and Benefits in Mental Health
I recently participated in a podcast called “For the Purpose of…” where I had a great discussion with the hosts Ron, Keith, and Sarah. We talked about the challenges of technology in today’s society, mainly social media, and how crucial it is for educators to ensure that our students feel heard and connected. During the conversation, I shared some ways teachers can use technology to communicate with students and establish meaningful connections that promote a safe and supportive learning environment. I highly recommend listening to the podcast to gain more insight into using technology for this purpose.
Small Efforts to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness
Maintaining good mental health and wellness is crucial for a healthy lifestyle. Even small efforts can have a significant impact on your overall mental health. You can take some time for yourself, talk to your friends and family, get specialized treatment, or take a break from your regular routine. If you’re looking for small ways to improve your mental health every day, Mental Health America has created a daily calendar of tips. We hope that by sharing how we improve our mental wellness, we can assist you in finding the best strategies for yourself.
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This blog post was written by Chelsea Kittridge, Mental Health Consultant for Kent ISD and edited by Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator for Kent ISD.