It’s time to spring into action this Mental Health Awareness Month! This critical public education campaign was launched in 1949 by Mental Health America to increase awareness of mental health issues and share resources. Throughout the month of May at Families First (and really, every month), we are striving to make it everyone’s passion to support individuals and families during life’s challenges and changes!
Below are five ways YOU can make an impact this Mental Health Awareness Month.
1. Practice Self-care
Self-care has been the buzz in recent years because research shows the benefits of paying attention to your needs and overall health cannot be ignored. “You can’t pour from an empty glass”, so one of the best ways you can contribute to improved mental health, better relationships, and healthier communities is to make sure you are meeting your own needs. Ways to practice self-care include:
- Build a self-care routine
- Practice mindful breathing
- Rest! This podcast has been getting a lot of press for putting folks to sleep(!)
- See a counselor. Families First is committed to making our services flexible, affordable and helpful. Fees are based on each family’s unique ability to pay. We also have services available in Spanish. Call 317-634-6341 to inquire about our counseling services.
Families First was founded in 1835 solely on the strength of “Friendly Neighbors” aka volunteers. We would like to welcome more volunteers into our family, especially to help with our Suicide/Crisis Text and Hot Line. No prior experience is necessary. All you need to do is care; we can teach you the rest. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tocarra Mallard at TocarraM@familiesfirstindiana.org for more information on this and other volunteer opportunities.
3. Speak Up Online
Take part in conversations about important topics in mental health this month. It’s very common for organization to organize conversations or share information via social media. Use or look for the following hashtags to follow along:
4. 13 Reasons Why
Are you binge-watching the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why? Read this helpful guide from the National Association of School Psychologists on viewing and talking about the show with friends, family and young students.
5. Know How to Support Someone
About 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Know where you would go for help if someone you care about were to experience a crisis. Here are a few resources you can keep on hand: