May is Mental Health Month:

May is mental health month! What does that mean?

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness month in Canada, a time for fostering understanding, promoting resilience, and raising awareness about the importance of mental well-being for all Canadians.  this social movement is meant to increase awareness and improve understanding of mental illness, reduce the stigma around mental health, and increase access to necessary help for those who need it. 

May is also the national health observances:  Physical fitness and Mental Health. It is also recognized as the national stress awareness month. The pairing of physical fitness and mental health makes perfect sense.  Exercise improves memory, so heading out for a brisk walk on your break or hitting the gym are all helpful strategies for mental health support.  Exercise also manages stress, is a good practice of self care, and connection to oneself. 

The month of May was designated as the month to honour and foster as early as the 1940’s, I think it is fitting in the northern countries to consider May the perfect month, the flowers begin to bloom, birds are chirping and this time of year is associated with growth, renewal, hope and positivity, a perfect month to focus on our own mental health and wellness.

Some strategies that you may want to use to maintain a positive mental health are:

  • Enjoy the awesomeness of nature, walk hike do what every outside in nature
  • Connect with family or friends
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Join something social
  • Spend time with a pet
  • Volunteer
  • Sleep routine
  • Join a support group for challenging times
  • Eat right
  • Exercise
  • Practice self-gratitude

It is important that we take care of ourselves and check in with loved ones.  Make self care a priority this May and beyond that, get into a routine.  Practice patience and kindness and empathy towards others.  It makes all the difference in how you see the universe.

Have questions ask me,

Ref: Anita Everett MD DFAPA, Director of Centre for Mental Health Services


May 6, 2024
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