Mental health is all about emotional, psychological, and social health. Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives, from how we think and feel to how we act in every moment. Our mental health is constantly changing based on our experiences, our biology, and family history. We’re constantly growing, changing to adapt while trying our best to succeed.

Issues with mental health arise for all different reasons and each person suffers in their own way. Sometimes these changes are drastic, while other changes are subtle. Each person feels mental distress uniquely but each person possesses the strength to get through it. It is essential, regardless of what someone is going through, to remember every person’s inherit value and abilities.

When it comes to maintaining mental health and helping others, there are a few things to keep in mind:

• Be aware of the signs of someone struggling with mental health. Changes in eating sleeping, energy, personality, or thoughts can be seem subtle while suffering is great.

• Be a source of support for others and know when to ask for support yourself

• Teach yourself positive coping skills and help by teaching them to others

• Exercise understanding and acceptance for others

• Practice mindfulness, living in the moment without interpretation or judgement

• Fight negative thoughts with positivity, find three nice things to say for every one bad

• Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle

• Engage in mind-body-spirit exercises, such as mediation, journaling, or yoga

• Discover a method of self-expression through art, music, dance, writing, etc.

• Connect with others, make an effort to engage with neighbors, coworkers, etc.

You can learn more about the basics of mental health, discover healthy coping skills, or join a local organization to help someone today.