Mental Health Awareness has never been more important than this year.
Until now, there were still some people who believed that mental health wasn’t everyone’s concern. They thought that the resources shared with millions were aimed at just a small group of people – the one in five who have a mental health concern in any given year.
That isn’t the case today.
A few months ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the coronavirus. Or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone – all five in five – would experience. But the good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
July is BIPOC Month
(Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color)
What is BIPOC? By including “BI” Black and Indigenous in addition to “POC” people of color, we are honoring the unique experiences of Black and Indigenous individuals and their communities, as well as the spectrum of existence and experience by POC. This July, MHA has developed content that is both timely and hopefully evergreen. We have included many of these resources here on our web page for BIPOC Month.
For this July, MHA National has developed content for our 2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkit that is both timely and hopefully evergreen, including:
- Links to updated information on our website;
- Lists of resources specifically for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities;
- Handouts on racism and mental health and racial trauma;
- An infographic built from MHA screening data on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ mental health;
- A Call to Action for people to share how discrimination and/or racism have affected their mental health using the hashtag #ImpactofTrauma;
- And more!
Started in May 2020, Mental Health America of Putnam County (MHAoPC) is proud to share and explore topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive. These areas include: recognizing and owning your feelings; connecting with others; finding the positive after loss; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others – all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones. We’re so happy to be able to share these!
Even More Online Resources
Online resources have really taken off recently. Our own, newly re-designed web site, mhaopc.org, has not only information on our programs, but links to these #ToolsToThrive, COVID-19 sites, and support services. Additionally, we would like to applaud Indiana state agencies for launching the new BeWellindiana.com website, where Hoosiers can find resources and services for mental health and substance use disorders, as well as take one of our mental health screens.
MHA – Nationally Recognized Screenings
Writing of screenings, we invite you take a quick snapshot of your mental health with one of many available. One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. Screenings not only help you think about specific challenges, they can help you define specific issues and help others (e.g. surveys for Caregivers, Parents, and Better Care for Adults) . You can reach the screenings at mhascreening.org.
Practical tools are close by that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with. Don’t hesitate to reach out and research, evaluate, and engage. Remember, we’re all in this together, and our strength is working with each other.
For more information, visit all our Mental Health Month pages, and you can get even more from www.mhanational.org/july or by calling 765-653-3310.