Breaking Down The Stigma of Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month- National Mental Health Month raises awareness about mental illness and related issues in the United States and around the world.

In recent times, attitudes towards mental health issues appear to be changing.
Nearly 1 out of every 5 United States adults experiences a mental health issue each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Good mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. WHO’s work to improve the mental health of individuals and society at large includes the promotion of mental well-being, the prevention of mental disorders, the protection of human rights and the care of people affected by mental disorders (WHO).

For mental health month please join me in breaking down the stigma of mental illness. According to CMHA, mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it.  We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well.

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  • S – Smile : For those fighting the battle right now, find something, someone, anything that can make you smile. For those who are fine, smile at people, or more importantly be kind. You never know what someone is going through.
  • T – Talk : There are people who understand and will be happy to help you.
  • I –  Imagine : Imagine how great life is going to be when you beat this. BECAUSE YOU WILL.
  • G – Get Help  : Get help and know that there is zero shame in asking for it.
  • M – Move : Literally move. Don’t underestimate the power of an activity. Movement and exercise for your mental health. It does wonders.
  • A – Acceptance : There are many people worldwide that would not socialize with someone with a serious mental illness. This won’t do be accepting of all.

 

 

 

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