Mental Health Month
This May MHA is aiming for 1 million mental health screens to normalize preventative measures for mental health conditions and encourage people to seek help. Screening helps catch problems early - before a crisis. Join our #MillionInMay campaign by taking a #mentalhealth screen at mhascreening.org to normalize this important preventative measure.
1 in 5 people will experience a #mentalhealth condition, yet everyone experiences challenging times that affect their mental health.
Do you know your Tools2Thrive?
Everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that can be used to improve mental health and increase resiliency. This May is Mental Health Month Anoka County is highlighting topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive 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.
Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #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.
Owning your feelings
Most people don’t think about taking the time to identify their feelings, but it can help to better cope with challenging situations. Printable PDF Owning Your Feelings Handout
Finding the Positive
Finding the positives in life doesn’t mean ignoring the negative. Practicing gratitude can train your brain to look for good things that are happening, which helps to recover mentally and emotionally. Printable PDF Finding the Positive Handout
Connecting with Others
Being lonely causes the same amount of damage to your lifespan as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is more dangerous to health than obesity. Printable PDF Connecting with Others Handout
Eliminating Toxic Influences
Identifying toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time. Printable PDF Eliminating Toxic Influences Handout
Creating Healthy Routines
Routines help organize our days into patterns and make it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them. Printable PDF Creating Healthy Routines Handout
COVID-19 and Mental Health
While we are familiar with viruses like the common cold and the flu, COVID-19 is a new coronavirus and presents a situation that none of us could have imagined a few short months ago. The fact that this new virus is extremely contagious has resulted in business closures, social distancing, and quarantine measures that have disrupted our daily lives. It is more important now than ever to pay attention to mental health during this time of isolation and uncertainty. COVID-19 and Your Mental Health Infographic PDF