Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month!

This year marks the 70th year of celebrating Mental Health Month! The event was first observed and organized in 1949 by Mental Health America, the country’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

Mental  health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Much of what we do physically impacts us mentally, so it’s important to pay attention to both your physical and mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness. A healthy lifestyle can help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. [1],[2] It can also help people recover from these conditions.

Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy for everyone, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. Mental Health America has outlined the many ways in which we can work toward overall mental and physical health in their various Mental Health Month campaigns over the years.

Last year, Mental Health America’s campaign focused on #4Mind4Body, a way to encourage people to seek out tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together, such as stress management and nutritional information. Mental Health America’s 2019 campaign expands on the previous year’s by covering new topics that promote awareness of the mind-body connection like humor, spirituality, and social connections.

Throughout the month we will be posting ways in which these topics can help you and those you know find the balance between physical and mental health.

Caring Communities aims to support the mental health of both employees and our clients. Employees have access to an assistance program that provides free and confidential assessment, counseling, and referral services. We are also always ready to provide our clients living with HIV referrals to help with mental health.