Mental Health Awareness Month

Categories: Diversity & Inclusion, Mental Health, Wellness

With all the stressors attributed to everyday living, it can be easy to fall into a routine and prioritize a variety of factors other than your well-being. It happens to many at some point in their lives.

This month, Mental Health Awareness Month, is dedicated to combating this common occurrence. It can be a time to reflect, educate or seek guidance. It also brings to light an abundance of resources.

It is important to take the initiative to understand what mental wellness means to you. It could be mindfulness through meditation or yoga. It could also be seeking counseling or assistance from professionals. Practicing mental wellness could even be as simple as spending more time with loved ones. At the core, wellness is about participating in activities that better your sense of self.

Support is always available, but it is up to each of us to take the initiative to live life to our fullest and healthiest potential. Here is a list of resources to help you or someone you know overcome challenges through guidance and knowledge.

If you need help right away — for yourself or a loved one — call 911 or use the emergency numbers below.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357)

If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing signs of addiction, this free, confidential hotline is available 24/7 for treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Get help with crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-8255 | 1-800-799-4889 (TTY)

If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, get emergency help right away. Contact the lifeline for 24/7, free and confidential support and crisis resources for you or loved ones. You can also find 24/7 support through an online chat calledLifeline Chat.

The Crisis Text Line — Text “Home” to 741741

The Crisis Text Line is a free resource available 24/7 to help you connect with a crisis counselor.

Contact Your Healthcare Provider

Whether you have Kaiser, United Healthcare, Aetna, Blue Shield or something else, healthcare providers have a variety of resources and support programs available to you all year long, and many are provided free of cost!