Mental Health Awareness Month
These are unprecedented times as we deal with the physical and emotional challenges of COVID-19. More than a year into the battle with this extraordinary pandemic, we have all been touched by mental health challenges of anxiety, grief, isolation, and stress whether by the direct assault of the virus on our personal lives and that of our friends and family, or its impact on our livelihood and day-to-day welfare.
That’s what makes this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month — May 2021 — so special and so important. Our planning committee, in collaboration with Mental Health America, our national parent organization, will for the second straight year, be focusing on the theme “Tools 2 Thrive” for the month of May. These tools include fun, lighthearted strategies that serve to bring balance and a brief respite to the stress of today’s uncertainty.
We’ll also be highlighting how the mental health workforce — professionals, peers, volunteers, and community leaders — are using mobile technology to make themselves available and accessible in new and innovative ways.
So follow the calendars at www.MHAMonth.org and on our Facebook page to connect with a new “tool” every day of the month. We urge you to save and reuse the ones that work for you. And please, share these tools with your family and friends.
On behalf of Association for Mental Health and Wellness in Suffolk and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, we wish you and your family good health and good mental health!
Colleen Merlo, LMSW
Jeffrey McQueen, MBA, LCDC