May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this month, the mental health community works to spread awareness about mental health, promote understanding around mental illness, and encourage people to take care of their mental health. One of the Mental Health Awareness Month goals is to reduce the stigma around talking about mental health. One in five American adults lives with a mental illness, but many people feel uncomfortable or even afraid to talk about mental health. Shining a light on mental health during the month of May encourages people to open up about their experiences and realize they are not alone.
If you or a woman you love need support or treatment for a mental illness, you are not alone. The staff at Women’s Recovery offers knowledgeable, compassionate care for women with mental health and addiction issues. Starting a mental health treatment program is a beautiful way to honor yourself during Mental Health Awareness Month. Please call 833.754.0554 or fill out an online intake form here.
Why Do We Need Mental Health Awareness Month?
Because of the stigma around mental illness in the United States, many people feel afraid to talk about their mental health struggles. They may hide or deny their symptoms and experiences to friends, family, and their medical providers. Keeping their experiences secret often means that people struggle alone with their mental illness for a long time. Research shows that people wait an average of 11 years before seeking treatment for a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month aims to reduce the stigma or shame around talking about mental health. There is a broad community of support available for people who need help with a mental illness.
How Can I Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month?
The more people who celebrate during May, the wider this message of inclusion can reach. You can take part in Mental Health Awareness Month in many ways.
Share Your Story
One of the best ways to help spread awareness about mental health is to be open about your own struggles. Open up about your experiences with friends and family. If you are comfortable doing so, share your story on social media to reach an even wider audience.
Start Mental Health Treatment
If you have been struggling with a mental health issue, use this month to commit to getting treatment. Talk to a therapist, sign up for a mental health program, or research treatment programs available to you.
Focus on Self Care
Self-care means considering what your body, mind, and spirit need and adjusting your life to meet these needs. Good self-care includes:
- Getting enough sleep.
- Finding a balance between socialization and rest.
- Eating nutritious foods.
- Regularly moving your body in a way that makes you feel good
If you need advice on self-care, we welcome you to reach out to Women’s Recovery today.
Starting Treatment During Mental Health Awareness Month
Deciding to start treatment for a mental health or addiction issue can be life-changing. If you have been thinking about mental health treatment but haven’t committed to it, Mental Health Awareness Month is the perfect time to do so. Seeking help and getting the support you need and deserve is a necessary step in moving toward the full, self-directed life you deserve.
Learn More About Caring for Your Mental Health at Women’s Recovery
If you or a woman you love requires dual diagnosis or mental health treatment, you are not alone. The staff at Women’s Recovery wants to empower you to live your best, healthiest life. Our programs include:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Women’s sober living program
- PTSD treatment
- Neurofeedback therapy
- Behavior modification therapy