Raise Your Mental Health Awareness
Mental Health Awareness Month each May is a good reminder to learn more about the range of mental illnesses that people experience, and how we can promote and enable well-being for all individuals. This includes becoming familiar with more commonly discussed mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, as well as other mental health conditions such as eating disorders, and postpartum depression. It is also important to be sensitive to the words you use when you talk about and with people who are living with a mental illness. As Dr. Anton C. Bizzell, CEO of the Bizzell US, writes in this Psychology Today article, “We must also consider how we unwittingly use terminology that adds pain to those already working hard to overcome the societal stigma of living with a mental illness.”
With the uptick in mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to increase awareness, encourage professional diagnosis and treatment, and bring dignity and sensitivity to our discussions about mental illnesses.
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