May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Published on May 20, 2020

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States.  Each year national, statewide, and local mental health organizations spotlight this month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with it.  Now more than ever, amidst the current global pandemic, maintaining your mental health is important.  Here are some ways that you can use to support yourself during this challenging time and beyond.

Focus on things you can control.

This can look like establishing a daily routine like scheduling daily chores or a morning hygiene routine. You can also get yourself into a different space…I know this seems hard (impossible) in our current situation, but this can be as simple as spending more time in a different area of the place you’re social distancing or (safely) taking a walk outside.  Lastly, and the most difficult, try not to focus on larger world events as they can be overwhelming.

Bonus: Try to avoid “sources of stress”

Avoiding “sources of stress” seems like a hard task, especially with the internet being our main sources of news and entertainment right now. However, with a little mindfulness you can avoid sources of stress by recognizing social media accounts and news media that sensationalize and share extreme unfounded opinions. Snooze, unfollow, or block social media accounts that cause stress, and focus on sources of information that you trust.

Take care of yourself

Understand that your mind and your body are connected and their harmonious dance can play a big role in our mental health. Pay attention to the signals your body is giving you, try not to ignore them or “ride it out” until it goes away. Give yourself time to decompress, take a walk outside (if you have access to a safe space to do so). Be sure to give yourself grace in difficult situations. And, if you can, try to eat healthy.

Remain Social

Socializing, especially while we’re supposed to be sheltering in place during this pandemic, can seem impossible. Luckily for us, there are many ways we can communicate with our loved ones even while being separated by quarantine:

  • Social media (when healthy);
  • Video Messaging apps  (i.e. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, which are free or have free versions!);
  • Video games with online multiplayer and Co-Op modes;
  • Calling/texting/online chatting;
  • And writing letters and postcards.

Remember while socializing during this pandemic, find sanctuary in laughter and humor. It’s okay to laugh with your friends and family even during a global pandemic.

Bonus: Clock-in for some “Me Time”

This is very important in situations where you’re sheltering in place with family or roommates. Taking time away from family can prevent disagreements and unnecessary confrontations.  Also Alone time can help you focus on needed tasks or emotional and psychological centering.

We hope these tips help you during Mental Health Awareness Month, and you stay safe and healthy during the current global pandemic.  We’re here for you. IF you need someone to talk to or need access to resources and services, please reach out to our California Youth Crisis Line. Call or text 1-800-843-5200 or visit to talk with one of our counselors, today.

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