By Renee Mahaffey Harris, President & CEO, The Center for Closing the Health Gap
May is mental health month and it is clear that the past year has brought us all many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have all had to build resiliency during this time and the challenges we have faced have made us stronger but it is also important to address the state of our mental health during this time. We must put our health first in order to thrive and continue building for the future, and that can start with our mental health. The pandemic has forced many of us to face and accept tough situations that we have little to no control over and that is traumatic. Job loss, housing issues, health emergencies, social isolation, racial trauma and lives lost to COVID-19, have all impacted our mental health whether we realize it or not. Many are recognizing the impact of stress for the first time and it is time more than ever to end the stigma surrounding mental health in our community.
It’s important to remember these 3 things:
Change starts with taking care of ourselves, talking about our struggles, and reaching out for help when we need it. It won’t happen over night but if we take small steps to improve our mental health we can overcome these challenges. Our health is all we have in this life and mental health is a part of it.
Here are a few steps that you can take to start taking care of yourself, and protect your peace:
Mental Health Resources: