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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 03, 2022
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to spotlight the importance of mental health issues and education. By using this month as an opportunity to increase awareness and education, it can help reduce the stigma associated with mental or behavioral health issues. It is a comforting reminder that we are not alone and nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition. It is also a great time to acknowledge the lack of access to mental health services and advocate for change.

This month is an opportunity to re-focus on self-care and recognize the impacts that mental health issues and stress have on our well-being. 

 

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How Mental Health Awareness Can Shape A Better Workplace - Forbes

“Did you know that about one in four Americans have a mental illness? That’s right. And with the Covid-19 pandemic, that statistic has grown. This means there is a high chance some employees in your organization might have a mental illness. In my work co-founding a treatment center that provides counseling for people with mental illness, I've found there are some steps employers can take to create better work environments when it comes to mental health.”

How parents can help children who may be struggling with mental helath: “Kids will always surprise you” - CBS News

“With one in five children and adolescents coping with a diagnosable mental health or learning disorder, the Child Mind Institute launched Monday its "Dare to Share" campaign, to encourage kids to talk about the issue of mental health. The campaign features celebrities, artists, athletes and role models who all share their personal stories, to de-stigmatize talking about mental health struggles and seeking support.”

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month - Lifespan

“May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While it was first recognized in 1949, it has never been more pertinent than now to recognize the role mental health plays in our overall well-being and the value in raising awareness and helping those in need receive treatment.”

How to Keep Work Stress from Taking Over Your Life - healthline

“Work-related stress can get the best of us all. Feeling some tension is normal, especially if you’re facing a looming deadline or challenging assignment. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can end up affecting both your physical and emotional well-being. Experiencing work strain is unavoidable — even if you love what you do — but there are steps you can take to keep job stress to a minimum.”

People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on - NPR

But Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA), says viewing the world as unsafe can be a symptom of trauma. "I think for a lot of people, the idea of having a mental health challenge is there's something inside of me that's wrong," he said. "And I think the idea of trauma helps people to understand that, no, this is something that is happening to me and how I'm responding is a natural response."

 

LISTEN

The Mental Illness Happy Hour - With Paul Gilmartin

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking - with Nora McInerny

Honest answers to the question “How are you?”

Ten Percent Happier Podcast - With Dan Harris

On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

 

WATCH

Fleabag - Amazon Prime

Another excellent comedy-drama series that cleverly depicts mental illness is Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag. The show has received widespread acclaim from critics for its clever and witty writing, but also its poignancy. The show follows a young woman, known only as Fleabag, as she navigates life and love in London while trying to cope with tragedy. 

Mysteries of Mental Illness - PBS

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. The four-part series examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Big Mouth - Netflix

Big Mouth is an animated series that centers on teenage friends and the wonders and horrors of puberty. The show has been praised for its frank depiction of mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety. Big Mouth brings these feelings to life through characters, such as the Depression Kitty, a giant purple cat who likes to berate character Jessi (played by Jessi Klein) with depressing thoughts. The comedy series handles the topic with care and compassion while avoiding harmful stereotypes.

This Way Up - Hulu

Devastating, hilarious, and surprisingly light, This Way Up captures the complexities of mental health with an empathetic -- if at times wandering -- eye.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness - PBS

Follow the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm.

Project Happiness - Amazon Prime

Happiness is a universal quest. But what does it really mean? In this award-winning documentary, youth from three continents interview George Lucas, Richard Gere, and neuroscientist Richard Davidson on the nature of lasting happiness. Then, they travel to India for an unforgettable private audience with the XIV Dalai Lama. Authentic happiness is not only possible - it's closer than you think.

 

ATTEND

3rd Annual Cleveland Ohio Yoga Festival at Edgewater Park

Edgewater Beach Park

Saturday, June 18

10am-3:30pm ET

Beach Walk & Sketch

For a peaceful morning on the beach, bring your sense of wonder and take to the sands to sketch on the beautiful coastline. Binoculars, drawing boards, pencils, and newsprint provided, or bring your own easy-to-carry sketching tools.

Santa Monica Pier Area / Ocean Ave

May 15

11:30am PT

Trauma Recovery Yoga

Trauma Recovery Yoga is known to help with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, hyper-vigilance, flashbacks, and other effects of trauma being held in the body. It is designed to rebalance the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems and enhance the overall feeling of well-being.

Virtual Event

Saturday May 28

12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT

 

SUPPORT

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

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