Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month started in the United States in 1949. Now it’s recognized globally each May. This year, for the first time, Senior Life Solutions joined in on helping break the stigmas of mental illness. We stood on the steps with community leaders proclaiming May as Mental Health Month. We spoke at churches, hospitals, senior centers, and civic organizations. We handed out information at health fairs, wrote articles for newspapers, and we were a voice for the voiceless. We came together to promote positive change in the communities we live in.
Although May brings special focus to this topic, we continue the fight every day to promote positive change. Each one of you is an advocate, helping to change how our communities view mental health, even though at times it can be challenging. However, with these challenges comes a better understanding of what we need to do to better serve our communities. Thank you for all you did during Mental Health Awareness Month. Your dedication, creativity and passion inspired us all. We are very proud of the work you did and continue to do.
With each day of serving we can sometimes forget to self-care. Self-care is the process of looking after ones’ self. Below are some suggestions on how to care for ourselves, take a break, and breathe.
Here are some suggestions of self-care without guilt:
- Allow yourself alone time
- Go offline for a day to clear the mind
- Pick-up a hobby
- Turn the music up loud and sing
- Movie marathon
- Pleasurable walks
- Dinner with a friend
- Leave the dirty dishes in the sink
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead