The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month gives organizations everywhere an opportunity to discuss, educate, and advocate for the mental health and well-being of everyone.

Mental Health America introduced this annual observance in 1949 to help people understand that mental health is an essential part of overall health—and that mental health conditions are common, manageable, and treatable.

According to MHA, nearly half of all Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. For the majority of them, the onset of symptoms begins by age 24.

We’d like to use this opportunity to remind you that your Assistance Program offers a whole health approach to wellness. This approach recognizes that mental health, physical health, and behaviors are all intertwined, and they’re greatly influenced by relationships, surroundings, work, and other aspects of life.

There are many things you can do to support and strengthen your mental health, including:

  • Get informed. Develop a greater understanding of the mind-body connection and how your thoughts, feelings, and emotions influence physical health—and vice versa. Keep in mind that eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and adequate sleep, and developing healthy relationships are essential for strengthening your mental and physical health.
  • Know how to seek additional support. Remember, your Assistance Program is here to help you address life’s challenges. Services include easy access to short-term mental health counseling, plus resources and referrals for managing life’s many other challenges. This includes access to financial consultations, legal referrals, and work-life specialists who can help you find support with childcare, eldercare, and so much more.
  • Take action. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month is “Where to start.” Our professional counselors have the knowledge and expertise to help you assess your situation and devise a personalized plan that can help you manage life’s challenges—and achieve your full potential.

To access this support, please contact us. Services are free, confidential, and available to you and your family members. You can access them 24/7 by visiting Member Support.

Resources: Mental Health America