Do some self-care during May!
May is Mental Health Month! While it might feel like mental health awareness is a modern-day concern, this month-long advocacy effort dates back to 1949. According to youth.gov, its goal is to “raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.”
“Trauma” doesn’t have to mean something dramatic happened. Mental health trauma can be caused by prolonged stress, urgent events like undergoing surgery, or grieving a loss. The good news? There’s ways to heal and improve mental health.
Tools to help
Mental health is no more unique than physical health: everyone has a mental health state. Some people who are well now may become ill later. Some who are ill now can manage their symptoms with help. You can do things to strengthen your mental resilience right now. This may include physical exercise, staying connected with others, or keeping an active mind. Explore our infographic below for resources, tools, books, and events for all ages that can help you and your family do some mental health ‘spring cleaning’. Have a happy and healthy May!