May is Mental Health Month
Tips, resources available to support Minnesotans’ well-being
May 7, 2021
Stressors abound in modern life, and never more than during this period of pandemic and community unrest. Surveys have found that many people who had never experienced mental health challenges are now struggling for the first time.
May is Mental Health Month, a time when the Minnesota Department of Human Services and organizations across the country redouble their efforts to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and provide resources to the public.
“In these stressful times, it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves and each other,” said DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “Please take steps to stay healthy and reach out if you need help.”
DHS provides tips for reducing stress as well as phone numbers and links for an array of resources at http://www.mn.gov/dhs/crisis. The tips and resources are not limited to issues related to the pandemic.
People who need to talk to someone can call Warmlines MN at 651-288-0400 or 877-404-3190 or text “support” to 85511.
For those in crisis, professional help is a phone call away. Call **CRISIS (274747) from a cell phone or text “MN” to 741741. Links to county adult and children’s crisis response lines are available on the Coping With COVID-19 webpage.
More sources of help:
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990.
In addition, taking these simple steps can help everyone cope during this time of stress:
• Incorporate healthy habits into your day, including good nutrition, exercise and getting enough sleep.
• Limit your exposure to news stories about the pandemic and civil unrest, including online and social media.
• Take steps to relax, including stretching, deep breathing or mindful meditation.
• Avoid using alcohol and other non-prescribed drugs.
• Find things that you enjoy doing, and do those things.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. This is especially important for people with pre-existing mental health or substance use disorders.
Mental illnesses are common. Each year, one in five adults have some mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.