Amid all the chaos that can happen when trying to balance work and family time, it can be tough to take care of yourself – both physically and mentally. When you don’t keep up with your physical health, you’ll likely notice changes such as weight gain or a lower energy level, but when your mental health is suffering, it can be trickier to notice the symptoms.
Approximately 1 out of every 5 adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness each year. To help spread awareness about recognizing symptoms, Mental Health America started Mental Health Awareness Month back in 1949. Along with helping people recognize when there might be an issue, the month of May is also all about encouraging open discussions about mental health and sharing resources to help with coping.
Make your mental health a priority.
Whether or not you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you’re experiencing symptoms or simply need someone to talk to. Check your company’s benefit offerings to see if an Employee Assistance Program is available to you.
Learn how to help others.
Take some time to study resources that can help you talk to a loved one who is suffering from mental health issues. Resources can be found online, as well as through books or therapy groups. Try keeping resources in your home or someplace where you’ll have easy access in case a time of crisis unexpectedly presents itself.
Spread the word.
If you’re someone who has found successful ways to cope with a mental illness, you can help encourage others who may be going through a similar situation by telling your story.
While taking care of your mental health should be a priority all year long, Mental Health Awareness Month is the perfect time to make a positive lifestyle change.