That’s why this Mental Health Month, Bost, Inc., and C.A.R.E.S. is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time.
During May, we are focusing on different topics that can help process the events of the past year and the feelings surrounding them while also building up skills and supports beyond COVID-19. We know that the past year forced many to accept challenging situations that they had little to no control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. We are focused on managing anger and frustration, recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making time to take care of yourself. It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time.
Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the past year’s stressors and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis. A great starting point for anyone ready to start prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health screening at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing. Ultimately, during May, Bost, Inc., and C.A.R.E.S. want to remind everyone that mental illnesses are real and recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find a balance between life’s ups and downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. For more information, visit www.mhanational.org/may.
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