Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

17:31 05 May in Press Release

Learn More about the Tools to Thrive

Montgomery, Ala. – This May is Mental Health Month and the Alabama Department of Mental Health is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.

Commissioner Lynn Beshear said, “COVID-19 has shown us that community and communication with each other are vitally important to our mental and emotional health.
During Mental Health Month 2020 in particular, as we strive to “stay apart together” there is no better time to share resources and information with our loved ones, friends and colleagues.”

This May, we are also exploring topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive – recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others – all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. The Alabama Department of Mental Health would like all to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Gradually making small changes and building on those successes can be achieved. By developing #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.

Also, May 11-15 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, emphasizing the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health needs of children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma, as well as their families. Wings Across Alabama selected the artist, an individual served at East Alabama Mental Health Center. This year’s theme is “Bringing Children’s Mental Health into Focus Perfect Vision in 2020.”

Many of the department’s providers may host informational events designed to encourage a healthy mind and body and offer important resource information. Please contact your local mental health authority and partner agencies, such as National Association for Mental Illness Alabama, for more information.

Mental Health Month was started 71 years ago by the Alabama Department of Mental Health’s partner, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. For more information on Mental Awareness Health Month, visit www.mh.alabama.gov and Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

peggy olson

Peggy.Olson@mh.alabama.gov