Mental Health Awareness Month
Nearly 450 million people worldwide are currently living with a mental illness, yet only one third ever seek treatment. Deliver the Dream supports Mental Health Awareness Month and we encourage you to join us in spreading the word. Since 1949, May has been the month of observance for Mental Health Awareness reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and professional health screenings. We are proud to help break the silence and break the stigma.
A Few Things to Remember
- Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being.
- Mental illnesses are common and treatable.
- A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions.
- For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both the physical and mental health concerns can be daunting, but critically important in achieving overall wellness.
- Humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship and work-life balance are important for everyone.
- Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk, meditating, or playing with a pet can make a difference both physically and mentally.
- The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illness.
- Finding humor in a situation can lift moods with laughter and help to overcome obstacles.
- Whether you go to church, meditate, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea or coffee each morning while checking in with yourself – it can be important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind-body connection.
- Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building upon success.
- Finding the balance between work and play, ups and downs, physical and mental health can help you on the path towards focusing on both mind and body.