This May is Mental Health Month sponsored by Mental Health America (MHA). Mental Health Month is a time to reflect on how different aspects of our lives can affect our own mental health. So many different things can affect us mentally, ranging from stress about your career and relationships to other factors that we have no control over like one's surroundings and genetics. Therefore, this month, MHA is encouraging individuals to look within themselves and examine their environment to identify and make positive changes in areas that may be impacting their mental health. 

You shouldn’t only worry about your own mental health, but also consider the people around you and what could be affecting their mental health at a given time. This is so important because as reported by the MHA, nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. And mental health conditions are not just recognizable in adults. 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. This means we should also be looking out for our kids and younger peers. 

Not only can mental health be affected by many different internal and external factors in someone’s life, but mental health conditions can also manifest in many different forms. The MHA reports that about 50 million US adults suffer from some form of mental illness, taking shape as one or multiple of the following: anxiety, addiction/substance use, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, or suicidal thoughts. However, just because you haven’t been diagnosed with one of the above or any clinical mental health disorders does not mean you have great mental health. While some disorders can be chronic and on-going, we can also have adverse mental health symptoms in response to events in our everyday lives that drag us down. If you or someone you know is experiencing adverse mental health just know that it won’t last if you take the right steps to heal your mind and make positive changes in your life. 

To learn more about the Mental Health Month, reach out to an agent at Diversified or visit:

DII is your partner in mental health awareness. Our team of experts can work with you to understand how to employ positive and mindful practices in the workplace. Please contact your DII representative for more information. #May #MentalHealthMonth

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