Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 450 million people were living with mental health issues and nearly two-thirds of them never sought the help they needed. The pandemic itself has undoubtedly increased the number of people suffering from mental health issues following long periods of isolation along with excessive worry, stress and anxiety. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this May it’s more important than ever to ensure you make your mental wellbeing a priority.
The first Mental Health Awareness Month was held in 1949. It was an initiative of the National Association for Mental Health, now known as Mental Health America, to raise awareness and educate people about mental health and illness, the realities of living with these conditions along with strategies for improving mental health and wellbeing.
This year’s theme of ‘Tools2Thrive’ is based on resiliency and the steps anyone can take to improve their mental health and resilience regardless of the situations they face.
We all face challenges in life that can impact our mental health.
The good news is there are practical tools that anyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
Mental Health America’s ‘Tools2Thrive’ toolkit suggests:
Living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating mental health tools to thrive may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.
Our mission is to change the way we prevent, diagnose, and care for mental health by developing digital biomarkers and therapeutics to bring objective measurement and data in mental health, so that no one has to suffer alone again, and eliminate mental health suffering for 30 million people by 2030.
We envision a world where mental healthcare will be available to everyone 24/7, with access to data-driven personalized therapy to improve outcomes and clinical efficiency.
To this end, we are proud supporters and advocates of Mental Health Awareness Month, and to help the communities around us we will be offering free mental health webinars.
Our first free webinar will be on Wednesday May 20th and Sharon Kaplow, our clinical lead will be talking about making your mental wellbeing a priority during the COVID-19 crisis. You’ll learn useful coping skills to help you handle your increased stress levels, tips to establish and accept new mental health routines that will get you through everyday mental health struggles, ways to recognise what you have control on, grounding techniques to help you cope with uncertainty, and exercises to bring you back to the present.
Click here to reserve your space on this free webinar. You can also attend through Facebook live from Feel Emotion Sensor page.
In an effort to act responsibly and stay true to our mission to remove the suffering caused by mental health for as many people as possible, we have developed and launched, Feel Relief, a new tailored and structured 4-week mental health program to help people manage excessive worry during the COVID-19 pandemic about their health, the new way of living or their financial future, so they can turn anxiety into a balanced emotional state. The program includes access to mental health resources, an app to journal emotions as well as weekly online sessions with qualified coaches who will teach useful techniques to manage stress levels during the global crisis.
Full details of the Feel Relief Program can be found here.