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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
A Bit Of History.
May was established as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization. Mental Health Awareness month reaches millions of people through the media, local events, and other promotions.
Mental Health Awareness Has A Purpose.
The purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illness.
To draw attention to what its like to live with depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
To help provide strategies for mental health and wellness.
To draw attention to the potential for suicide that prevalent with these mental illnesses.
To help reduce the stigma given to those that suffer from mental illness.
Every year Mental Health Awareness Month has a theme and since 2018 the theme has been #4mind4Body.
Each there is a tool kit.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2020
The four months leading up to May 2020 have shed a light on the fragility of the world’s mental health when everyone’s world turned upside down. From the fear of Covid -19 infection to forced isolation, to unprecedented business closures and layoffs. If you are working unless you are a front line worker or an essential service, you are likely working from home. Our world seems out of control or at least out of our personal control.
This is unheard of in anyone’s lifetime and it is taking a toll on everyone’s mental health.
Finding Positivity in the Crisis.
One of the most positive things that I have seen is the outreach on social media and the prevalence of zoom and other connection apps. This has brought about a new way to connect with our support, be it professional and non-professional.
As we conclude this week’s blog post always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our battle is with our illness not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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BLOG OF THE WEEK:
Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog written by someone else that I found interesting that may inform you as well. This is another author’s work I am just attaching their blog for you. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by John Poehler