Challenges: January & February

With winter moving into our nation, the Beatus Cras is taking a look at mental health awareness for the next two months. Fewer daylight hours and cold temperatures can negatively affect mental health. It is important to be aware of the struggles those with mental health challenges can face this time of year, whether they make their troubles known, or not. For January and February, we would like to remind everyone to check up on their family and friends by asking specifically if they have any thoughts of self-harm. And as the sunlight stays longer for every winter day, we see that the night diminishes with time, until the renewal of spring comes. Here are some goals for these months to help make tomorrow better:

  • Motivate yourself through education
    • Learn about common types of mental illness and how it affects the people who suffer from it
    • Research local organizations that advocate for mental health awareness or help those affected by it
    • Find resources that discuss healthy mental habits, and analyze how healthy your habits are
  • Listen
    • Look up stories of those suffering from mental illnesses, and their perspectives on it
    • Ask your family and friends how they are doing, instead of assuming they are always okay
    • Don’t forget to listen to yourself as well, and ask if you are okay
  • Help to educate others
    • Talk to your friends about healthy habits for good mental health
    • Correct misconceptions you hear about mental health and mental illnesses
    • Share stories of those with mental illnesses to help their voices be heard

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