May is: Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health illnesses are among the most common illnesses in the United States. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.

1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.

1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

Take care of yourself by incorporating these strategies in your everyday life.

1. Take breaks to unwind through yoga, music, gardening, or new hobbies.

2. Find new ways to safely connect with family and friends, get support, and share feelings.

3. Connect with your church and community.

4. Take care of your body and get moving to lessen fatigue, anxiety, or sadness.

5. Treat yourself to healthy foods and get enough sleep.

Finally, seek medical or confidential help if needed.

Visit health for additional information and coping tips.