May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental well-being of many Americans. It's important to stay open and honest about how we're feeling as we continue navigating through the pandemic , validate each other's feelings and lift each other up.
During this month, let's continue to make our mental health a priority. Check in with yourself and your loved ones. IDONTMIND, a mental health awareness campaign and lifestyle brand, provides questions to check in with your friends and family about their mental health.
According to Mental Health America, nearly one in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. This month, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles. One way to fight mental health stigma is to talk openly about your mental health. Mental Health America shared some tips and resources on how to talk about your mental health such as starting with a text message if communicating face-to-face is too overwhelming.
For someone experiencing mental health concerns, having a good listener can make a huge difference. If someone talks to you about their mental health, be sure to listen, empathize, show compassion, avoid judgment and educate yourself if you do not fully understand what is being shared.
Johnson County Mental Health Center is the gateway to mental health services in Johnson County, providing a wide range of mental health and substance abuse supports to county residents. Learn how to access services. If you or someone you care for is experiencing a mental health crisis, call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 913-268-0156.