As a mother, often times it can be difficult to talk about mental health with my children. Take my son for example. He could fall down a flight of stairs, get up, smile and say, “I’m okay!” Is he actually okay? Probably not, guessing by the gloss over his eyes. So as you can image, talking with him about emotions and feelings is hard. Perhaps the reason why is the expectations we have for males in our society, or I have not worked hard enough to open up a dialog with him. Whatever it is, I know it’s important to start the conversation about feelings and mental health.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I have partnered with “Promise to talk.” We are raffling a self care package as a way to bring joy and positivity – even in the midst of such uncertain times.
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Over the last few years, Mission Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and St. Jude Medical Center have joined together, to launch Each Mind Matters, a campaign centralized on the importance of mental health, and getting rid of the stigma. Each Mind Matters, encourages families to acknowledge that our minds, are just as important as our bodies. As a community, we should build a foundation for mental wellness. The sooner we rid of the myths, and misinformation that surrounds mental illness, the sooner our community succeeds.
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 choices. Ask someone close to you how they are handling stress during this
difficult time and share how you are handling it too.
This month serves as a reminder, that mental health is vital to every persons overall wellbeing. I will continue to have periodic check-ins with my entire family, as I know that my friends and family could be struggling or possibly experiencing unpleasant emotions.
For help with conversations starters download the Promise to Talk App.
There are more services and community support systems than ever before, and they
work. Resources are available right here in Orange County. Visit promisetotalk.org for
more information and connect with someone that can help.
Make a Promise to Talk at https://promise.promisetotalk.org
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