Mental Health Awareness Month: How Can Therapists Get Involved?

Two mental health professionals sit togetherMental health is the state of a person's psychological and emotional well-being.

Webster defines mental health as "the condition of being mentally and emotionally healthy, characterized by the absence of mental illness and appropriate adaptation, especially as reflected in feeling comfortable with oneself, positive feelings for others, and the ability to adapt. daily demands In addition, according to the World Health Organization, mental health includes' subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, dependence between generations and the self-esteem of one's spiritual and emotional potential. ”

In these definitions, the message is largely about stress, which directly affects how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Stress can refer to major traumas or even minor traumas that disrupt our daily activity and ability to function. It creates a lens or filter for how we deal with and deal with various situations.

The importance of dealing with mental health

We are told to succeed, to succeed. but if we do not take care of ourselves, how do we maintain the motivation or the impetus to do so?

Often, coping mechanisms become distorted, and we are even more overwhelmed, with a distorted sense of self as a result. People can slip into a culture that is inadequate, bad, or invisible. How often do we allow these attitudes to stay and settle in our psyche? What is the normal response to stress discussion and management? "Just deal with it", "I don't have time to think about these things" or "I have to keep going": Society, the media and even our families can tell us how we should be and what we should do act. But rarely can we take the complex steps to achieve these goals.

We are told to succeed, to succeed. but if we do not take care of ourselves, how do we maintain the motivation or the impetus to do so?

How professionals can help

During Mental Health Awareness Month, it is our job as professionals to talk about how self-care leads to self-improvement (the top tier of Maslow's hierarchy to be healthy and happy) necessary!

We can do this by highlighting various concerns that arise when mental health is not addressed. We can use social media as a tool and platform to promote ways in which people can apply positive coping skills and learn how to determine when they will need to apply them.

Social media can also be used to advertise when and where support groups or organizations that can support a person who may need help with their mental health can appear.

Self-care enables us to understand our roles within our families, our communities, and most importantly, within the community of the Self. How can we find the word that it is okay to recognize, accept, and enter into agreements with Self and others to work to improve the state of our existence? Mental Health Awareness Month is one way! That's just this: making it acceptable breathe. Accepting to stop and address all those stressors that affect our worth and allow us to doubt our abilities.

Where do people go to "breathe" or take a break from reality? Churches and other religious or community centers are few places! Professionals could talk to local community centers by organizing a seminar once a week or handing out leaflets. They could even place a leaflet on the community bulletin boards to bring attention and awareness to mental health.

Hairdressers and hairdressers can serve the community in the same way. Many people come to these places to gain knowledge and acceptance. They can often be involved in the banter that promotes thought and facilitates change. People in these places will be more likely to get a leaflet left around.

Fighting mental health stigma during awareness month

If we do not treat our mental health, it can be reduced to mental illness. Most people do not understand or know the difference between mental health and mental illness. Part of what we can do as professionals is to educate the public about these differences and how to connect with each other. During this month, we can emphasize the difference!

We can talk to people about how to deal with both mental health and mental illness. As people often try to avoid these issues, in a forum such as Mental Health Awareness Month, they can obtain information without "overcoming" themselves.

As previously identified, if people do not deal with their mental health or stress, symptoms may become more difficult to control, conceal, or contain. They can slip in ways that can be annoying, harmful to themselves and others, and detrimental to employment, relationships, and even physical health. These are the traps that allow stress to develop without being managed or supported.

No matter what stage of change (pre-talk, thinking, preparation, action, maintenance, relapse) you can be in, having a better understanding can help! The more we put the word out there and break down the stigma associated with mental health, the better we can help people possibly move on to the next phase of change.

In some communities, mental health is still perceived as an excuse or unrealistic. Other times, it is misunderstood or not recognized yet. Our job, not just in May, but every day, is to increase our general understanding of how mental health is a real thing that people are struggling to cope with and gain control of.

We are here to help individuals through the process of coping and making changes. Here's hoping these ideas and tips will help you spread the word!

Bibliographical references:

  1. Mental health. (2019, April 27). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from
  2. Mental health: a state of well-being. (2014). World Health Organization (WHO). Retrieved from

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