“May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health issues. Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet it is often stigmatized and misunderstood.
One of the main goals of Mental Health Awareness Month is to reduce that stigma surrounding mental illness. Many people who struggle with mental health issues may feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk about their experiences, which can prevent them from seeking help. By talking openly about mental health, we can help break down these barriers and encourage people to seek the support they need.
Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. It’s important to remember that mental illness is not a personal weakness or a choice, but rather a medical condition that can be improved with treatment.
To help support our clients, we are offering lunch and learn events each week in May as part of our Mental Health Matters in May Program. We will discuss a new matter related to mental health each week over lunch at our Prevention and Outreach Center.” – Ashley French, LPCC-S Mental Health Counselor
Our first session was Wednesday, May 10th and Ashley French, our Mental Health Counselor, discussed healthy coping. About the session, Ashley said “Stress surrounds us and we often feel victimized by it. We want relief, but each day piles onto the one before and we are forced to get by. We are forced to COPE -somehow, someway. But, knowing how to cope in a healthy and productive way is so important!”
Other sessions this month include:
- Brain Care for Mental Health
- Navigating Conflict
- Creative Magic
You can learn more about each of these sessions below and we invite all clients to join us each Wednesday at Noon at 1703 Broadway in Paducah! Lunch will be provided and transportation is available, please just contact by the Monday before.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17TH – NOON
BRAIN CARE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Research shows that taking good care of our brains through self-care improves our health – mentally and physically. Learn about your brain and how to care for it well.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH – NOON
Relationships always present conflict. The way we handle that conflict impacts the quality of our health. Learn how to stay connected to others, even in conflict.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31ST – NOON
Ever wonder why Kindergarten was so magical? Could it be that color crayons, construction
paper and scissors were part of our day? Creative expression helps us cope well and replenish our
souls. Come be creative with us as we color, dance and draw our way to more joy.