May was Mental Health Awareness Month, yet for many of us, mental health discourse and education don’t stop right after the month ends—it’s an everyday struggle. According to the NIH, 1 in 5 adults live with mental illnesses which means we all know someone who is going through these difficulties. How exactly can we support our loved ones?
Don’t forget to take care of your own mental health as well. As you help, it can be overwhelming or possibly triggering. Make sure to take time, check in on yourself, and get help if you need it. Even after mental health awareness month ends, don’t stop the conversation or spreading awareness! It’s everybody’s job to ensure that we can support each other and ourselves and break from the idea that we need to live with these struggles alone.
“Mental Illness.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human
“Showing Support.” Campus Mind Works,