May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. We will share resources and tips from SAMHSA on ways to deepen our understanding of mental health throughout the next few weeks. We will also highlight upcoming community events.
Talking about mental health can feel daunting when you are not sure what to say or how to respond, but increasing our comfort level in talking about it is an important first step. This is an excellent resource on ways to talk about mental health and how to effectively listen when someone else is sharing their experience. Learning to talk about mental health spreads acceptance and makes connecting individuals to needed resources much easier. When it comes to mental health, small actions like listening and not being judgmental will encourage people to keep talking and make them more likely to get the help they need. (Brittany Weiner)