May is National Mental Health Month! This month is dedicated to fighting the stigma attached to mental illness, proving support to those affected, educating the public, and advocating for equal care.
Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
For more information and materials for Mental Health Month, click here.
For more mental health information, click here.