What to Know About Mental Health Awareness Days 2023
Mental health is a crucial part of overall wellness. Are you practicing some self-care, helping out others, going through with a wellness initiative at work or doing other mental health-related activities or events? If so, now would be the time to note that those who take part in these activities or events are much less likely to have mental health symptoms or disorders.
Because there are currently, more and more teenagers developing mental health disorders like addiction than in years past, it is vital that we discuss how beneficial Mental Health Awareness Days 2023 will be.
If you or a loved one already know you are going to need help to overcome mental health-related issues or if you need more intensive treatment than what you have been getting, our Through the Archway team is here for you.
January – Monitoring and Mind-Body Wellness
January is National Mentoring Month.
There are far too many young children and adolescent-aged kids who have difficulties with bullying, communicating and generally just being in conversations out of their hometown. If you are looking into things to do this coming January and you care about your own and other people’s mental health, Mental Health Mentoring Month is a time you can celebrate positive, healthy relationships and lifestyle choices.
We also want to bring up that, on January 3rd, International Mind-Body Wellness Day will be here. This day gives people the opportunity to benefit from and celebrate their own health in life by spreading awareness of health, habits, actions, purpose and emotions to others.
February – Prevent Mental Health Issues
February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month. There are far too many people who deal with low self-esteem and many reasons why this happens, too. If you or someone you know is dealing with low self-esteem, don’t hesitate to get them the help they need. Sometimes, this may be a listening ear and other times, it may be reaching out to a professional who can best help them.
In addition to International Boost Self-Esteem Month, on February 3rd, it is Time to Talk Day. On this day, people focus on how important it is to reach out to those in their support network, family and friend groups. On Time to Talk Day, you can do your best to expand awareness or help to change the stigmatization against mental health. The more people who do this, the more mental health issues we will be able to prevent.
March – Teenagers and Sleep
March doesn’t have any mental health monthly awareness programs. However, they do have two smaller ones on separate days.
March 2nds is World Teen Mental Wellness Day. This is a day when people bring awareness to issues that affect adolescent kids and their family members who deal with mental health symptoms and disorders. You can do your part by offering to help teenagers with mental health conditions, being understanding when they are talking to you and guiding them through their recovery, if possible, too.
March 14th to 20th is Sleep Awareness Week. This mental health awareness week starts the same day as Daylight Savings Time begins. It makes perfect sense to bring awareness to the importance of sleep at this time of the year because we all lose that one hour of sleep on Daylight Savings Time.
April – Stress is a Problem and Laughter is a Solution
April is Stress Awareness Month. It is first important to note that each person handles stress in their own ways. While we can discuss with one another how we handle mental health issues, that doesn’t mean those exact same treatments or activities will help the next person.
With this being said, our Through the Archway team wants you to start conversing with your friends and loved ones about your and their mental health. By doing this, we can help to bring your or your loved one’s mental health state back up again.
April 14th is International Moment of Laughter Day. This is a day when people are encouraged to laugh. There are many community-based fun activities (depending on where you are located) and laughter coming down the streets and in the parks. Research shows that stress is also lowered when people laugh, so April is a fantastic month for improving your mental health.
May – Mental Health Awareness and Garden Meditation
May is mental health awareness month. During this month, we focus on how trauma and other issues affect a person’s overall well-being. Some of the ways it does this include through our:
- Mental health
- Emotional health
- Physical health
If you are struggling with your mental health, it is time to become more aware of it, so you can make a treatment plan to help you overcome these issues.
May 3rd is International Garden Meditation Day. Sure, you can still meditate inside your home, car, gym or at work. However, studies show that when people get outside into nature, they are much less stressed and happier to be alive, as well. So, the next time you need to get out of your head be sure to go out near a garden and meditate.
June – PTSD Awareness and Yoga
June is National PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. During the month of June, people are highly encouraged to spread awareness revolving around post-traumatic stress disorder, the effects of this disorder and which treatments are available for working through PTSD.
On June 21st, it is International Yoga Day. Yoga is an ancient form of spiritual, mental and physical practice that began in India. From that time on, yoga has been used to improve mental and physical health. People from all around the world practice yoga. There are also different forms of yoga that you can do, as well, so you don’t have to worry about being a beginner.
July – Minority Mental Health Awareness
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It began in 2008. During the month of July, professionals and other people work to amplify individualized struggles that certain minorities and/or communities face. They also talk about how those issues impact their mental health.
If you are a minority and need to get mental health treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.
August – Grief Awareness
August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day. Every year this day is observed. It encourages people who have lost someone or something in their life to talk about it and work through it. This doesn’t mean you have to forget about the person or thing you are grieving over. However, it does mean that, in time, you can heal, communicate better with others and ultimately, help others who need to overcome grief, too.
September – Suicide Prevention Week
From September 4th through the 10th, it is National Suicide Prevention Week. This is a week in which doctors, healthcare workers, other professionals, daycare workers, teachers, parents and other adults work with teenagers to improve their overall mental health. Generally, the better they feel about themselves, the less likely they would be to commit suicide.
It may also be beneficial to note that September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.
October – Depression Screening, Mental Illness Awareness, World Mental Health Day, and National Mentoring Day
October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. October also has quite a few days in which people are encouraged to focus on their mental health. On the 6th of this month, it is National Depression Screening Day.
If you or someone you know is struggling with any sort of mental health symptoms or disorders, don’t wait any longer to get help. On this day, we want to encourage you to spread or learn about depression screenings and how often or when they need to be done.
The week of October 2nd through the 8th is Mental Illness Awareness Week. In this week’s timeframe, people are bringing about more awareness to mental health conditions and symptoms. People will learn that mental health disorders don’t look the same in everyone.
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Throughout this day, people are raising awareness regarding specific and generalized mental health issues. In addition, people are fighting for the right to have all mental health services covered under health insurance, as people should be able to be in the best mental state possible, just like they can be physically.
October 27th is National Mentoring Day. If you have someone who is your hero or someone that you look up to, don’t hesitate to tell them how much they mean to you on this day. It could be your parent, aunt, teacher, neighbor, friend, janitor at your school or anyone else whom you trust.
November – Stress Awareness and World Kindness
November has 2 separate dates for mental health-related awareness. This doesn’t mean you can’t spread knowledge about this topic at other times during the month. It just goes to show you that November is one of the best months to talk to a loved one or friend about their mental health.
With this being said, November 2nd is National Stress Awareness Day. On this day, people are there for each other, helping to identify stressors in that person’s life. If you want to improve your mental health, it may be beneficial for you to write down your stressors and other mental health-related information in a journal. You can always work more on your journal to improve your future another time.
On November 13th, it is World Kindness Day. This is a day in which people should promote how critical it is to spread kindness throughout the nation and world. The main purpose of having this day is for people to better understand each other and have compassion for one another.
December – Call a Friend Day
There aren’t any month-long awareness programs for mental health during December either. However, being that is nearing the end of the year and you want to finish it off strong, December 28th would be a great day to call one of your friends, as it is National Call a Friend Day. Working on these connections in your life can help you feel so much better mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Get Help on Mental Health Awareness Days or Any Other Time Throughout the Year
Do you or someone you know struggle with mental health-related issues such as PTSD, OCD, anxiety or depression? If so, you read above there are days and weeks and even months where people focus on improving mental health. You can use these tips or share them with your loved one.
Contact us today if you need mental health-related treatment for you, a friend or a loved one, as well.