May was established as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. To commemorate the awareness month, Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) joins thousands of organizations, providers, supporters, families and persons living with a mental health diagnosis in the U.S., to increase knowledge understanding and compassion about mental health in our communities.
During this 74th commemoration of Mental Health Awareness Month, LSCC would like to share the following guidance from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
When it comes to mental health, small actions equal big impact. If you are worried about your mental health or are worried about someone you know, there are resources and people who are willing to help, no matter what your situation is. Talking about mental health helps promote acceptance and encourages people to seek help.
Self-care is important for your mental health. Despite life’s stressors, there are many things that you can do to maintain positive mental health, including self-care. When you take care of yourself, your physical and emotional health improve; you become more resilient and can find ways to manage stress in a healthy and positive way. These efforts in taking care of yourself is an essential part of your mental health.
We ALL play a part in one another’s mental wellness. Language matters. The language we use to talk about mental health can either perpetuate prejudice and discrimination or promote acceptance and compassion. When it comes to mental health, words matter. It is up to each of us to be a lifeline, sharing in a commitment to care for ourselves and those around us.
No matter the situation, there is always help and there is always hope. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues. If you are worried about your mental health or are worried about someone you know, Lone Star Circle of Care has resources and professionals who are willing to help. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling 1-877-800-5722.
Blog post written by Harry Livesay, LCSW-S
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