Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mental Health Month

Just thirteen days into May, I feel constantly reminded that May represents Mental Health Month.  2015 has been a rough year so far for many of my friends, so I'm taking time this month to improve my own mental health and lend support to friends in need.

Photo Credit: NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosts Mental Health Month each year to bring awareness, fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for mental health care.  According to NAMI: "Sharing your story about your personal experience with mental health challenges is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they’re experiencing. When more people share stories of recovery, struggle or hope, it lets all of us know that we're not alone. Add your voice by sharing creative content such as stories, messages, poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos and song lyrics in a safe, moderated space."

Today, I'll share a few ways I personally try to help myself and others in my own safe space -- this website.

Appreciate the beauty and art around you:
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish, located at the UCI Cross-Cultural Center

Eat good food, hopefully more nutritional than this:
awhisperedwish.com
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish

Say thanks with a handwritten note:
http://www.awhisperedwish.com/
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish

Sweat it out:
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish

Read a good (even banned) book:
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish, located at Reading To Kids

Take a walk, stroll, hike, or run:
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish, located at UC Irvine's Aldrich Park

Listen to how other people are making a difference:
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish, located at UC Irvine's Alternative Break Reflection

Send or receive a sweet note:
http://www.awhisperedwish.com/
Photo Credit: A Whispered Wish

Challenge yourself to make the world a better place:
Photo Credit: Enrou

Sing and dance in your car like a fool:
Photo Credit: b*

Remember, #HopeStartsWithYou, so share your story this month.  How do you take care of your own mental health or support the well-being of others?

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