May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Mental Health May At Alexander Youth Network
Alexander Youth Network is celebrating Mental Health Month in May.
Do You Know Your Tools2Thrive?
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
This May is Mental Health Month and Alexander Youth Network is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling and work towards a path of recovery.
One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screening at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.
This May, we are also exploring topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive – recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others – all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.
When it comes to your feelings, it can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you feel them. Most people don’t think about the emotions they are dealing with but taking the time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. It’s okay to give yourself permission to feel. We also know that life can throw us curve balls – and at some point in our lives, we will all experience loss. It may be the end of a relationship, being let go from a job, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. It is natural to go through a grieving process. By looking for opportunity in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally.
It also is true that connections and the people around us can help our overall mental health – or hurt it. It’s important to make connections with other people that help enrich our lives and get us through tough times, but it’s equally important to recognize when certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel bad or engage in destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time. Working, paying bills, cleaning, getting enough sleep, and taking care of children, or some of the other things we do each day can easily cause us to be overwhelmed. By creating routines, we can organize our day to take care of tasks and create patterns that make it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them.
For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But Alexander Youth Network wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. 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 a balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health to begin your path to recovery.
For ways to get involved at Alexander Youth Network during May:
- Take a Tour – Joining us on campus is a great way to learn more about Alexander’s mission and the impact we make each year.
- Volunteer – Alexander offers individual and group volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
- Give – Alexander Children’s Foundation supports the vital care that children receive at Alexander Youth Network.