Mental health is important.  May is called mental health awareness month, but mental health is important every month, every year. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.  Unfortunately, the degrading of one’s mental health can result in suicide, and in the past three years the amount of suicides has doubled in San Diego County* Mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or background.
Mental health issues don’t always appear to be severe at first it can look like bouts of anxiety, depression, feelings of despair, changes in physical health etc.  If you feel like you are struggling don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Take the first steps to taking back your mind- you are in control!  
Practice healthy routines. Establishing healthy routines like eating nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, and moving your body every day help improve your outlook on life. These routines are good for your physical and mental health.
Practice Gratitude. Grateful people view the world through a more positive lens. Focus each day on recognizing things you’re grateful for, even on bad days.
Challenge Yourself. Forward momentum makes you feel like you’re making the most of your life. Regularly challenge yourself professionally, physically, and mentally. Apply for a promotion, learn something new, or work a crossword puzzle. Accomplishing goals and doing difficult things helps boost joy and feelings of satisfaction.
Connect with Others. Spending time with loved ones and connecting in authentic relationships is positive for your mental health and overall well-being.
Be Mindful. Think of yourself and what’s best for you before you make decisions or commitments. Your well-being is your most important asset. Setting boundaries and caring for yourself first is your responsibility.

REMINDER: Your worth is not measured by your productivity. You deserve love and healing just as you are. You are #MoreThanEnough. @NAMICommunicate: nami.org/mhm


If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  For more resources visit: https://integrativelifecenter.com/category/mental-health-treatment/ or https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness


*Preliminary findings from the San Diego County Gun Violence Community needs assessment