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Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During the past year, more and more individuals have struggled with mental health as the effects of the pandemic continue to impact children and adults around the country.  Many advocacy organizations like NAMI and Mental Health America join the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Mainstream Living's own mental health program provides support to adults in Polk County and supports efforts to end stigma, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.  For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone," as a way to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay.  

Mental Health America will promote the theme "Tools 2 Thrive," providing practical resources that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of personal situation.  The online toolkit will offer educational information on topics such as, adapting after trauma and stress, dealing with anger and frustration, processing big changes, taking time for yourself, and radical acceptance.  

Together, we can realize a shared vision where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives.  No one struggling should be alone and everyone can play a role in supporting family and friends affected by mental illness. Throughout May, we'll share resources on social media and we encourage staff to help spread awareness.  


 

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