May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to focus on the importance of taking care of our mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, especially for teens. About 1 in 3 teens have a mental health disorder by the time they’re 18.
Now is a great time to raise awareness about mental illness and reduce the stigma surrounding it. Here are some ways you can observe Mental Health Awareness Month.
Now is a good time to read up on signs of possible mental distress. Irritability, anger, disinterest, and changes in appetite or behavior could indicate a potential mental health struggle.
Talk openly with your teen about mental health. Encourage them to share their feelings, worries, or concerns without judgment. Let them know they don't have to face these issues alone, and that there is nothing wrong with seeking help when needed.
Encourage healthy habits such as exercise, good nutrition, and sleep. These habits can boost mood and reduce stress levels, which contribute to better mental health. You may also try incorporating mindfulness practices like meditation or deep breathing exercises as a way to improve self-awareness and promote relaxation.
If you notice signs of a mental health disorder, Hallmark Youthcare can help. Our inpatient adolescent behavioral health center in Richmond, VA is tailored to the individual with the goal of improving family and community connections. Contact us today to learn more.
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