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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions, resources, and conversations can still feel complicated and out of reach. What are the common warning signs for mental health conditions or crises?

Specific factors that can lead to mental health conditions or even crises? What resources are out there – and how do I know if they’re right for me? 

Many people are learning about mental health topics for the first time. Having a widespread understanding of the topic can help you be more informed if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health condition or crisis.

Around half of the people in the U.S. will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life, so everyone should know what to look out for. 

Everyone should have the support needed to thrive. Communities that have been historically and presently oppressed face a deeper mental health burden because of the added impact of trauma, oppression, and harm.  

There’s often no single cause for a mental health condition. Instead, there are many possible risk factors that can influence how likely a person is to experience a mental health condition or how serious the symptoms may be.

Some risk factors for mental health conditions include: 

•trauma, which can be a one-time event or ongoing

•your environment and how it impacts your health and quality of life (also known as social •determinants of health like financial stability and health care access)

•genetics, brain chemistry,

•your habits and lifestyle such as a lack of sleep. 

Of course, understanding the risk factors for a mental health condition can be more difficult when it’s your own mental health. Take time to ask yourself about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to see if this is part of a pattern that may be caused by a mental health condition. Here are some questions to get you started: 

• Have things that used to feel easy started feeling difficult? 

• Does the idea of doing daily tasks like making your bed now feel really, really hard? 

• Have you lost interest in activities and hobbies you used to enjoy? 

• Do you feel irritated, possibly to the point of lashing out at people you care about?

 Our society focuses much more on physical health than mental health, but both are equally important. If you are concerned about your mental health, there are several options available. You are not alone – help is out there, and recovery is possible.

 It may be hard to talk about your concerns, but simply acknowledging to yourself that you’re struggling is a really big step. Taking a screen at mhascreening.org can help you to better understand what you are experiencing and get helpful resources. 


If you would like to get more information about mental health awareness, select an upcoming training to learn about different mental health challenges, local resources, and treatment options. Follow this link for training opportunities http://allheartinitiative.eventbrite.com.

TAKE A MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

Identify. Understand. Respond.

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

Mental Health First Aiders are…

Teachers, first responders and veterans. They’re neighbors, parents and friends. They’re people in recovery, and those supporting a loved one They’re First Ladies and Mayors. Mental Health First Aiders are anyone who wants to make their community healthier, happier and safer for all.

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:

Panic attacksSuicidal thoughts or behaviorsNonsuicidal self-injuryAcute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug useReactionto a traumatic eventThe opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

Topics Covered

Depression and mood disorders

Anxiety disorders

Trauma

Psychosis

Substance use disorders

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

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Mental Health Resources

Your resources are only as good as they are accessible.

I encourage everyone to add a contact or file on their cell phones to keep additional resources. We might not always have a brochure or flyer handy, but we almost always have our phone available.

Here are some great resources for Mental Health!

Mental Health A-Z: Alignment and Abundance

Alignment and Abundance

I’m going to take a word or two or phrase each day for the next 26 days. Today’s words are alignment and abundance. We have a huge shift going on in our world right now, we went from this hustle mentality of the more hours you put in and the less sleep you had the more you achieve, the more you were on your grind, and since COVID people want something different. Maybe I don’t want this 5000 square foot house maybe I want to live in an RV. Maybe I want to travel the world maybe just maybe I want more flexibility in my day.

When people had to work from home they shifted from this desire, this need, to get everything accomplished and done to creating balance and integration of their lives. They could go work on a  project, have a meeting, go cook dinner, have another meeting, get laundry and have another meeting and it was this beautiful integration of their responsibilities. It is so important to your mental health to be in alignment with what you want so that you can receive the abundance of what you’re looking for.

When you are in alignment with who you are and what you want to create the world of abundance of what you do desire. So if you don’t want to work 18 hours a day and you only want to work a solid 5; be in alignment with doing things on a daily basis to create your life of abundance. Look for things that you are in alignment with and make that shift so you can live in abundance. You can live the life that you really want, you can do and experience things that really motivate you.

Alignment and Abundance

Childhood is NOT a Disorder

We can’t share this video enough!

Children are so much more than a disorder or diagnosis!

20 Million Kids & Adolescents are labeled with “mental disorders” that are based solely on a checklist of behaviors. There are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood tests that can prove they are “mentally ill”, yet these children are stigmatized for life with psychiatric disorders, and prescribed dangerous life-threatening psychiatric drugs. The statistics on children being drugged in the United States, by IMS health are 8.4 million including 1 million children between the ages of 0-5.

Why HR Professionals Need Mental Health Training

Now more than ever HR professionals need mental health training. As the first line of defense in addressing issues related to employees’ well-being , HR professionals should possess the skills necessary to identify and respond early to employees’ mental health disorders. … Most businesses today have first aid kits readily available to treat physical conditions at work, mental health first aid training is just as critical.

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. For many people, work is or was the most structured component of their day. Structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organization of your life.

While many HR professionals are currently in the chaos of understanding leave, unemployment, explaining benefits and assisting with the never ending changes surrounding COVID-19, many are missing the opportunity to be trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

This course is perfect for HR professionals because they are the front line to many organizations. Training is typically an 8 hour in person course. Due to COVID-19, you can now take the class virtually. Mental Health First Aid students will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online c

This pandemic has forced many people to put themselves and their loved ones at risk or it has left them economically and socially vulnerable. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones or facing death alone. All of us suffer from having to stay inside (if we can) and from fear of getting sick, but not all of us have the privilege of meaningfully controlling our level of exposure.

Once this is over, and life begins to move back to what it was, what will the trauma look like for those who have not only had to face the virus on the front lines, but also may have suffered loss or illness, or been in proximity to it? What about the frustration of having to work, to expose oneself, knowing that those you serviced were only able to protect themselves at your expense? Would these concerns be similar or identifiable to those more fortunate? In an environment where the worst of the pandemic some will experience will be the frustration and depression of social distancing, and for others it will be the exposure to, infection from, and perhaps even death from the virus.

HR professionals can properly prepare their workforce by attending Mental Health First Aid training right now. We currently are accepting registration for upcoming virtual classes. If you would like to enroll, please leave your information below.