There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
John F. Kennedy
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
A chance to squash the myths about emotional wellness.
Building awareness is an important step… but it’s not the only step we can take.
Action is where emotional wellness starts becoming a reality for all of us.
So, to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month, we thought we’d provide some practical suggestions to get you started.
Read on for 10 ways to move from mental health awareness… to mental health action:
1. Correct myths about mental health when you hear them.
2. Support businesses that support emotional wellness.
3. Help plan emotional wellness programs and events within your local community.
4. Contact your state and local representatives to request increased financial and legislative support of emotional wellness in schools.
5. Call out harmful labeling of emotions (e.g., sadness and tears = “weak”) when you see it happening around you.
6. Set a goal in your household to build your emotional vocabulary together.
7. Follow up with someone you know who may be struggling. Offer some practical support.
8. Teach your kids to care for their own emotional wellness. (Adult kids, too!)
9. Learn the art of saying “No” and “I’m sorry”. Then start putting it into practice!
10. Choose one new habit to pick up that’ll support your emotional wellness.
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Ready to take action to support your own emotional wellness?