May is Mental Health Month

According to MentalHealth.gov, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

• Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry

• Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse

• Family history of mental health problems”

A list of resources that you might find helpful:

Some famous people throughout history who had a mental illness include Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and John Keats.

“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” ~ Michelle Obama

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1 (800) 273-8255.


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