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Hey there! Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? It is a month where we try to increase awareness of those issues we all face but may not feel comfortable speaking about.  Mental health is like physical health, we need to be aware of what we can manage alone and what someone else needs to help us.  

Mental health is all about how we feel and think. Sometimes, just like our bodies, our minds need a little extra care and attention.  Everyone feels sad or worried sometimes. It’s true! Talking about our feelings and emotions is not always easy but is important.  Simply sharing how you are feeling with someone you trust, a family member, friend, or professional, can help. 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), mental health is an essential part of overall health and well-being. SAMHSA says that taking care of our mental health can help us handle stress better, make healthier choices, and live happier lives. So, it is important to pay attention to how we’re feeling and take steps to keep our minds healthy.  

Do what you love 

A group of people jumping and celebrating, silhouetted against a rising sun During Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to think about different ways to take care of our minds. One way is by doing things we love, like getting outside in nature, picking up a new hobby, or spending time with our pets. These things can help us feel happy and relaxed. 




Stay Connected 

A group of people sitting in a circle of chairs with two women high-fiving each otherSAMHSA also tells us that staying connected with others is important for our mental health. Talking to friends and family, even if it’s just on the phone or online, can help us feel supported and cared for. So let’s make sure to reach out to the people we love and let them know how we’re feeling. Sometimes, just talking about our feelings can make a big difference! 



Be kind to yourself and others 

A close up of two peoples hands, one on top of the other offering comfortIt’s also important to remember to be kind to ourselves and others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being kind and compassionate can improve our mental health and well-being. So let’s focus on our strengths or those things we do well and not our mistakes.  And let’s be kind to others too, because spreading kindness can make us feel good inside. 



Ask for help 

A young woman with her head in her hands and another woman touching her shoulderIt’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask for help if we need it. Talking to someone we trust can help us figure out what to do when we’re feeling overwhelmed. And there are lots of people who want to help us feel better! 

At Brevard Health Alliance, we know taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. So, during Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take some time to think about our feelings and how we can take care of our minds.


Let’s be kind to ourselves and others, and remember that it’s okay to ask for help when we need it. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. You can call or text BHA at 321-241-6800 or dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, available 24/7 to listen and offer support.