For more than 65 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by local and national organizations alike. This is a time when, as a nation, we discuss mental health issues and work to improve the overall wellness of our communities.
Regardless of your background, you or someone you know may be dealing with the effects of poor mental health. Thankfully, there is a wide range of resources available to help you maintain a healthy, happy mind this month and throughout the year:
- Download a Mind Your Health calendar for daily tips to boost your mood and physical wellness. Organizations can encourage healthy changes by using the resources in this Mental Health Month Toolkit.
- Discover ways to improve your mental health such as staying connected with others, keeping a healthy diet, and establishing effective stress-coping techniques.
- Determine whether you have mental health issues that need to be addressed with a preliminary screening. If the screening suggests seeking professional help, speak to your doctor or apply for mental health services. If you may be at risk for developing mental illness, visit the Healthy Changes Initiative for preventative tips.
- Check out the many resources available for different mental health concerns including:
- People with long-term mental illnesses can find support for securing employment, housing, and education through the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (MCC).
- Stay well with services from the National Alliance on Mental Health, including: resources for children and families, mental health education programs, and frequent events centered on mental health awareness.
- Use one of the Department of Mental Health (DMH)’s resource guides for both individual and family support.
- Mental health professionals, take time this month to refresh your knowledge about communication and counseling in the field with the Cultural Competency resource guide and these resources for talking about mental health in schools.
- Understand the risk factors of suicide – a major, yet preventable mental health concern – and know where to find suicide prevention resources.
- If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call one of these organizations for help:
Tell us what you’re doing this Mental Health Month in the comments below or by tweeting us, @MassGov.
Tags: Boston Marathon, coping with stress, family resources, LGBTQ, long-term mental illness, Mental Health, mental health screening, mindful health, suicide, suicide hotline, suicide prevention, veterans
Apprenticeship Program posted on Jan 22
Through the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Program, workers have the opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training in combination with related in-class coaching. The program is administered by the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS), an agency under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). About the …Continue Reading Apprenticeship Program
Get Ready for Tax Season posted on Jan 20
Tax season is upon us, and that can mean stress for Massachusetts residents and workers who don’t have the documents they need to file returns and payments by the April 15, 2015 deadline. While the Department of Revenue (DOR) encourages online filing of Massachusetts state …Continue Reading Get Ready for Tax Season
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day posted on Jan 16
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. During his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights Movement through nonviolent acts of protest and helped end legal segregation of African American citizens. …Continue Reading Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day