Mental Health Breaks

This Month's Featured Article

Improving Mental Health 

Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. For more than 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being and provide resources and information to support individuals and communities who may need mental health support.

Mental Health for Older Adults 

Mental well-being is key for older adults. Don’t let age slow you down!

Stay engaged by nurturing your connections with loved ones, joining a social group, or volunteering for something you care about is helpful to feel active and connected. 

Embrace movement through walks, yoga, or dancing also benefits both body and mind. 

Challenge yourself with brain teasers, explore a new hobby, or learn something new to help keep the mind sharp. 

Remember, if you need mental health support, a doctor or therapist is also an option. samhsa.gov/resources-serving-older-adults. 

 

Children and Teen Mental Health 

What’s your favorite greeting for your child when they get home from school or when you are back from work? 

  • I love you! 
  • Did you have a fun day learning?
  • Or I’m so happy to see you!

Consistent and reassuring interactions positively impact a child’s mental health. In-person conversations such as these promote healthy mental development. 

This Mental Health Awareness Month, talk to your children and teens about mental health. Need help getting started? samhsa.gov/mental-health/how-to-talk/parents-and-caregivers 

Mental Health and Pregnancy 

Glowing from the inside out? Pregnancy is beautiful, but it can also be emotionally complex. This Mental Health Awareness Month, remember it’s okay to not feel okay. Mood swings, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed are all common. 

As you care for your new baby, remember – Mom needs care too!  Make time for yourself when you can and spend time with others.

Learn more ways to take care of yourself: samhsa.gov/find-support/how-to-cope

If you’re struggling, you’re not alone! SAMHSA has resources to support your mental health journey.