May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
One thing the pandemic of the last couple of years has proven to us is that mental health is at the core of our well-being. So many struggle with mental health challenges that providers are overwhelmed and burning out with compassion fatigue. Our world is under a mental health crisis. We have seen an immense increase in talking about the struggle of mental health, and this is WONDERFUL!
We are finally challenging the stigma of mental health, in part because societally we’ve all suffered the last few years and we KNOW it is real from our lived experience. This is in fact the first step to mental wellness - AWARENESS.
Next comes ACCEPTANCE. Then ACTION.
Our awareness of mental health struggles during the pandemic has brought along with it acceptance and this is remarkable because when we can openly talk about mental health, our mental health IMPROVES. And yes, it does mean more than doing “self-care.”