4 Ways to Support National Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, MIND ALGN joins The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) in the nation-wide movement to raise awareness about mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Together we work side by side to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Mental Illness is a health condition that impacts the brain, one of our most important organs. Your brain is about 2% of your body weight and is the control center for things like emotions, behaviors and problem solving. Mental illnesses are not uncommon and are treatable with a number of methods and medications. Here are four ways to Improve your Brain Function, and take a stab at warding off mental illness.

4 Ways to Improve Your Brain Function

  1. Sleep: Sleep is a time our brain finally has a break and time to cleanse and restore itself. Make sure to go to bed at a reasonable time and to get enough sleep which is about 8hrs.
  2. Nutrition: A well balanced diet can help with Mental clarity and a happier state of mind. High Quality foods like fruits and veggies contain natural vitamins and antioxidants that protect the brain from oxidative stress.
  3. Exercise: When you exercise, your heart rate increases therefore produces more oxygen to the brain. This also helps with the growth and connection to brain cells.
  4. Releasing emotions: Expressing emotions helps cope with dark and gloomy feelings you may be bottling up. Write in a journal or talk with someone you confide in. Join a support group or even seek out a trained counselor or therapist. See below for free and easily accessible chats and hotlines you can speak to in confidence.

STRUGGLING?

EveryMind. Provides a 24/7 online chat, text or call resource for anyone struggling through a crisis or simply if you need someone to talk to. EveryMind can also provide advice to those that need help assisting a loved one through a crisis.

Call or Text: 301.738.2255
Online Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Crisis prevention lifeline en espanol Telefono: 1.888.628.9454
Online Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Please seek help from a medical professional if your mental health is interfering with your ability to function daily. This advice is not to be used for any treatment or diagnostic purposes. This is only an information resource and not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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