During the month of May, it is pertinent that we recognize the importance of mental wellness and the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance misuse, suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, etc. The world often seems extremely bleak. It feels like there isn’t enough happiness to go around at times. It is hard to believe that anybody feels the same despair we feel, but, in reality, emotional pain unites humanity. The 2022 Mental Health Awareness Month’s message, “Together for Mental Health”, encompasses community. It is far past time we as people begin recognizing our similarities rather than our differences.
There are numerous ways to improve your mental health such as going to therapy, taking the correct medication, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and practicing mindfulness/meditation. You do not have to hit rock bottom to begin these practices. Just as you would not wait until your car is unsalvageable to service it, you must also take measures to prevent a mental breakdown. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day. Call 800-273-8255 in case of emergency.