Wellness Wednesday: Find Resources During Mental Health Awareness Month
As the old saying goes: health is wealth. Few things in life are as precious as good health—both physical and mental. It’s important to keep in mind that the two are interrelated: a stressed, anxious mind can overtax and wear out the body, spiking blood pressures and heart rates to dangerous heights. Any experienced gym member can tell you the importance of not skipping leg day; the same can be said for skipping on opportunities to improve your mental health.
For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, we’re looking at community resources and services that can help improve your mental health and wellness.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month is part of a national movement dedicated to raising awareness about mental health. For too long has mental illness been unfairly stigmatized or ignored; MAH Month is a time to highlight the importance of getting proper care and support for one’s mental health. Millions of Americans live with a mental illness—even if you aren’t directly impacted by mental illness, the odds are very good that someone close to you is.
Let’s Talk About Mental Illness
Rio Salado College will be hosting a free event next week for Mental Health Awareness Month. Let's Talk About Mental Illness will be happening on Tuesday, May 31st from 12-1 p.m. Kate Mohler, MCC English Faculty & Ability Maricopa Secretary, will be the session speaker.
You can register in advance for this MAH Month event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIld-mvqzgtG9HIzRugxFBaEVCoQ6VO9H6A. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Resources You Can Use
The Rio Library has put together a very informative Mental Health Awareness Guide that includes web resources, featured books to check out, and detailed information on how to process grief and identify a host of mental health conditions. If you’re interested in finding someone to talk to—whether it’s a Rio Salado counselor or advisor or a mental health professional in your town—check out our Take Inventory/Get Help page to find out how you can get in touch with mental health services that can help you.
If you need immediate help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800-273-8255)*
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
*A chat option, as well as TTY instructions for those who use assistive devices for communication, are also available at the website.
Article by Austin Brietta