According to Mental Health America,  1,360,000 people or 23.43% of the population in Washington State are experiencing a mental illness. Are you one of them?  Are you getting the support  that you need?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

For more than 65 years, May has been obsserved by organizations such as National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America ( MHA) have reserved the Month of May to bring emphaze and bring awareness to mental health.  Mental health is important all year, but the month of May gives the opportunity come together to show support.  During the pademic of COVID 19 coronavirus mental health awareness month takes on a slightly different meanting perhaps.

The new, often stressful realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling children, and the lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and collegues can be overwhelming. Fear and anxiety about the changes and the COVID 19 coronavirus cause strong emotions in adults and children. 

 Here are some things to look for in yourself and others:

Fortunately, there are things that we can do to take care of our own mental health and help those around us that might need more support.  Below are some ideas from WHO and the CDC 

Parents

Stress can look different in your child.  Somt things to watch for include:

Supporting your child

  • Maintain familiar routines as much as possible, or create new ones, especially if you must stay at home.
  • Talk with your children and teens about COVID 19 coronavirus  in an honest way, using age-appropriate language.
  • Answer any questions that they might have about COVID 19.
  • Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing or drawing, can help you with this process.
  • Help children stay in contact with friends and family members through telephone and online channels.
  • Make sure that your children have time away from screens every day and spend time doing off-line activities together. Do something creative: draw a picture, write a poem, build something. Bake a cake. Sing or dance, or play in your garden, if you have one.

If you feel like you are experiencing stress or other symptoms that you are not able to cope with, please reach out to your local thearpist.

 

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