If you have a brain, mental health matters

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Brain. Text: If you have a brain, mental health matters.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I am pumped to talk about mental health all month long. Yep, I said PUMPED. Not the word choice you’d expect with the topic of mental health? I get it. But here’s why I’m so excited.

Whether or not you are part of the 20% of U.S. adults with mental illness (hand raised), we are all going to experience sh*t in our lives: Stress. Conflict. Arguments. Trauma. Insecurity. All of these things will involve our brain. Emotions arise from our brain. Our thoughts and communication stems from the brain. That’s why ‘if you have a brain, mental health matters!’

If all of this stuff involves our brain, why wouldn’t we do more to foster and care for our brain/mind?!?! Like going to therapy? Or feeling and exploring emotions? Most likely: stigma, unawareness regarding resources, and the lack of access to mental health support due to financial restraints, racial inequities, etc. 

And, yet despite these challenges, I am excited. Why? Because we can CHANGE this. There are tools to help ourselves and help each other. If you’re on Instagram, follow me @belovedbody where I’ll be sharing things that have helped me, plus great resources from others. 

But if you don’t have Instagram or just want to dive right in, here are some resources: 

Mental Health Stats

Kids & Mental Health

Kids & Body Image

Therapy & Other Self-Help Resources

Helpful Accounts on Social Media

What do you do to help your mental health? Share in the comments so we can all learn from each other!

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