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May is Mental Health Month

Mental health effects nearly every person in the world at many given times in their lives. Whether it be a family member, friend, co-worker or even a “random” interaction with a stranger on the street, the influence that mental illness has greatly impacts society as a whole.

It is very disheartening that mental health is one of the most taboo topics in American society. While sharing one’s experience is the key to breaking down negative attitudes and misperceptions about mental illnesses, it is rarely done because of the shame one might feel about their condition.

It can also be a very awkward conversation to have with someone because of how difficult it is to accurately explain the experiences one might be going through. They might understand that they are having a rough time coping with life and its many challenges and at the same time may be resistant to getting help because they don’t know where to turn.

There are many resources online to help people better understand the varying mental illness conditions. There are also many things you can do to help boost your mental health, like using a journal to track your gratitude and achievements, start your day with a cup of coffee (lower rate of depression for coffee drinkers) and get off the grid (leave phone at home for a day).