'Get connected' in May & boost your mental health
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
In observance of 2008 May is Mental Health
Month, Mental Health America is encouraging
Americans to build their social support networks
throughout May to protect and improve their mental
health. Mental Health America challenges all Americans
to the Mental Health Connection Challenge by
making five positive and life-fulfilling connections.
Research shows that social networks can reduce stress
and promote overall health by providing a sense of
belonging, self-worth and security.
"We all need to maintain positive connections to
feel a part of our communities and families, which
is why this May, Mental Health America is challenging
every American to connect to family & friends,
coworkers, community members and professional
help, if needed," said David Shern, Ph.D., president
& CEO of Mental Health America. "Years of research
have shown that individuals who feel valued and cared
for are better equipped to deal with stress and adversity
and even experience less severe illnesses than those
with little social support."
Mental Health America’s Mental
Health Connection Challenge:
Connect To Family & Friends — Loved ones are
an important source of support and encouragement.
Talk to them when you need extra help, allow them to
provide guidance and be prepared to help them when
they need you.
Connect To Coworkers — Given the amount of
time we dedicate to work, healthy relationships with
coworkers are a must. Spend a lunch hour with officemates
or reach out to someone you haven't talked
to in a while to take a walk or grab coffee.
Connect To Community Members — Shifting
from your own issues to the needs of others can be a
healthy change of pace. Select a faith-based organization,
school, long-term care facility or non-profit
group that needs your help and pitch in.
Connect To Yourself — Taking time for yourself
can decrease stress and improve health and relationships.
Try meditating, exercising, enjoying a hobby or
reading a book. Whatever you choose, it's your time,
so spend it doing something you enjoy.
Connect To Professional Help — If you're feeling
overwhelmed or unable to cope, reach out to a mental
health professional. For a referral to local services,
contact Mental Health America or Mental Health
America of Illinois at (312) 368-9070 ext. 10 or visit
Mental Health America founded May is Mental
Health Month 50 years ago to raise awareness about
mental health conditions and the importance of
mental health for all. This year's theme, "Get Connected,"
is focused on the important role social
connectedness plays in maintaining and protecting
mental health and wellness.
Mental Health America is the country's leading
nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally
Mental Health Month Calendar
National Anxiety Disorders
Freedom From Fear
308 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(888) 442-2022 Free anxiety/
(718) 980-5022 Fax
Mental Health Rally &
Education Day in
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mental health rally on the steps
of the Capitol Building in front
of the Lincoln Statue
from 2 to 3 p.m.
Contact: Mental Health America
of Illinois at (312) 368-9070, ext. 10
or visit www.mhai.org
May 4 – 10
Federation of Families for
Children's Mental Health
9605 Medical Center Drive,
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 403-1901 Office
(240) 403-1909 Fax
Mental disorders in children
are just as real, common and
treatable as they are in adults.
Left untreated, children’s mental
health disorders can lead to
problems at home, trouble
in school and in the community,
substance abuse and even
suicide. Show your support by
wearing a green ribbon today.