May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month across the globe! Although mental health is crucial the whole year through, every May we take time to highlight the vital importance of mental health in every aspect of our lives and our communities.

According to Mental Health America, while 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The current pandemic has had profound impacts on the mental wellness of people of all ages. It is crucial for us to reduce stigma around mental health struggles and encourage help-seeking behaviors as they are a true sign of strength, not of weakness. There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, regardless of the situations they are dealing with. One way to check in with yourself is to take a mental health screen at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

In honor of May is Mental Health Month, the Monroe County Mental Health Coalition invites everyone to join in our “Mindful Movement for Mental Wellness” event happening virtually, the entire month of May. It is an opportunity to combine mindfulness with activities you enjoy doing, be it walking, running, cycling, stretching, yoga, meditating, or a multitude of other things. Sign up at https://form.jotform.com/210464415191146 and follow us on Facebook at “Mindful Movement for Mental Wellness”. Set a goal and track your minutes of movement for the month. Individuals that complete their mindful movement goal will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! The Sparta Family Restaurant, the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, Great Rivers United Way, Speed’s Bicycle Shop, Fit 4 Life Fitness Center, Fit 4 Life Women’s Gym, and Linda Burch have graciously provided prizes. Thank you very much for your contributions! If you are interested in providing a prize for this event, please email April Anderson. For more information about this event please email april.anderson@wisc.edu, katie.lelonek@co.monroe.wi.us, or sierra.phillips@va.gov.

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