May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and its impact on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the mental health of people of all ages, and now more than ever, it is critical to reducing the stigma around mental health struggles that commonly prevent individuals from seeking help.

One way to check in with yourself is to take a mental health screen at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. 

It’s important to accept the situations in life that we cannot change, actively work to process the mental struggles associated with significant changes, manage anger and frustration, recognize when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenge negative thinking patterns and make time to take care of yourself.