May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Did you know? Each year, one in five adults in the United States will experience some form of mental illness. Even though mental health conditions are common and treatable like physical health conditions, many people are still afraid to talk about them due to feelings of shame, stigmas or fear of discrimination.
It’s important to remember, especially now as our world deals with the stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic, that mental illnesses are common and treatable. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being.
There are many resources available for those struggling with the stressors of COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Stress and Coping
- Mental Health America: Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources
- IDONTMIND: 10 Minutes, 10 Questions
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Public Health and Social Services will be hosting discussions with mental health professionals on different topics that will be posted on Ramsey County's social media channels for everyone who lives, works and plays in the county.
- Mental health after pregnancy | Cinthia Fondrk
- Crisis Co-Responding Team | Jamie Jackson
- Mental health serving the whole family | Dr. Richard Oni
Each of us can play a role in promoting good mental health by reaching out virtually to a friend, family member or a loved one. Ramsey County provides a variety of mental health resources.