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Mental Health Month 2019

Mental Health Month 2019

Each May, we take time to remind ourselves to care for our mental health. This year, the idea of physical vs. mental health is on our minds.

Mental Health Month was founded by nonprofit Mental Health America, and this year, they’re bringing back the #4Mind4Body campaign. In fact, their annual conference is all about the intersections of chronic conditions and mental health. They’re bringing much needed attention to the fact that folks with physical health conditions deserve support for every part of themselves, body and mind.

Support your mind

There are many ways to get involved in Mental Health Month. Here’s a few ideas to get started:

  • Scroll down to the comments and share one thing about yourself that you feel proud of
  • Start a conversation with friends and family by:
    1. Asking them what they do when they’re having a bad mental health day.
    2. Letting them know it’s okay to talk to you about mental health.
  • Post on social media what mental wellness means to you using #MyMentalHealthMeans and tag us!
  • Check out our special section on mental health

Mind your media

One of the easiest ways to spread awareness is to post about Mental Health Month on social media. Hashtags like #MentalHealthMonth2019 #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthIsHealth and #MyMentalHealthIs are sure to be lively this month. But don’t forget social media can be stressful! Make sure to take some time away too.

Mindful every day

Mental health awareness doesn’t have a timeline. Each day we can decide to talk about our mental health, which makes others around us more comfortable to do the same. If we begin conversations, we can end stigma!

Comments

  • bluchs
    3 weeks ago

    I find this very refreshing to remind people, that everyone, in some way deals with mental health issues.
    As a cancer patient, our mental health can be very sever at times.
    Not knowing what the future will bring, or even if we will have a future.
    I have found this web site, and the CLL Facebook posts, to be very comforting to express difficult mental situations.
    I have also found a new found rekindled love and friendship, with my sons mother, we have been divorced or about 37 years, I raised our son myself.
    But we always remained cordial friends.
    I even had become a good friend, to her last husband, who sadly passed away a few years ago.
    We send cards and letters back and forth and she calls me every week,.
    She has sat through chemo treatments and blood transfusions with me.
    It is and old friendship rekindled.
    I now have found old friends from over 40 years ago, high school friends, even an old girl friend from the 70’s, and we all talk on line now, WOW!
    Who would have thought.
    After I move closer to my Son again, I hope to be able to go to support group meetings at the cancer center, they are to far, and to late in the afternoon for me now ( fatigue )
    I think, that perhaps just being able to talk to others whom we love, or who share common problems, or interests help us to beat depression, and mental health issues.
    Find someone to talk to.
    Or just be there to listen to someone in need.
    I have been Blessed with friends and I found this web site, so I am going to be OK.
    Even if I pass from cancer.
    If you know someone who is suffering, call them listen to them.
    Together we can all help someone.

  • Anthony Carrone moderator
    3 weeks ago

    @Bluchs – It makes me so happy to hear about the connections you’ve been making on the site, your FB and with your son’s mother.

    You have always been so open about your feelings and experiences on this website and I know it has helped others feel less alone. We are truly so thankful to have you sharing your voice with the community.

    Thank you for being here <3

  • bluchs
    3 weeks ago

    Thank You Anthony
    It was you, that invited me to join this group.
    Your suggestion to come here, has helped me a lot.
    God Bless You

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Thank you for the reminder. I’ve been quiet the last few weeks on social media, and it truly does the mind good.

  • Ann Harper moderator
    3 weeks ago

    With all that’s going on around us, wouldn’t it be nice if those people that need to talk could feel comfortable to express their feelings.

  • bluchs
    3 weeks ago

    May God Bless you Ann and your daughter.
    Your kind words here to me.
    Have been inspirational and it does help.
    Just a few minutes ago I was sitting in pain on my recliner, with tears in my eyes feeling sorry for myself.
    I decided to come to this site, for a way to get my mind away from my pain.
    And I found a message, it was from you.
    Thank You, Your words made a difference.
    I know feel much better.
    God Bless You.
    Words and kind thoughts from others, is sometimes all it takes to make a difference.
    You can be very proud of yourself, I don’t know you, but I am proud of you.

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