Sacramento County, like so many others, has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as heightened discussions and awareness around social injustice and racism over the past year. In recognition of Mental Health Month this May, the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project is helping to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, reducing stigma and inspiring hope and positivity for our community, particularly for individuals and families living with mental illness here in Sacramento.
Mental illness can happen to anyone, no matter your age, ethnicity or gender. As a result of the stressful circumstances and events of the past year, many of us may be experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety and worry, and those already living with a mental health condition may be facing heightened symptoms as a result of the emotionally-charged environment we are living in.
It is just as important as ever to support the mental health and well-being of others by reaching out and maintaining connections with those who may be struggling – not only to support them, but also for your own mental health. Sending a thoughtful text, making a phone call, or setting up a video chat could make all the difference.
Stay connected and prioritize your mental health:
- Follow the project’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages to stay updated on the project. Share the project’s mental health tips on your own channels and to engage with the project throughout the year.
- Try some of our conversation starters – now available in 5 additional languages! Find ways to have a meaningful discussion with family, friends or neighbors about how they are feeling – remind them they’re not alone.
- Visit our website to view a compiled list of resources, help lines, online communities and tips to continually support the mental and physical health of our communities as the pandemic continues.
- Check out online resources from our friends at Each Mind Matters, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America for ways to improve mental health and increase resiliency.
- Read the stories from our Speakers Bureau members about their mental health journeys and their work to reduce stigma around mental illness in Sacramento County.
For more information on Sacramento County’s “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project, and to find mental health resources for yourself and others during this uncertain time, please visit www.stopstigmasacramento.org.