Mental Health Awareness Month

#Morethanenough 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know this was established in 1949 to increase awareness around the importance of mental health? Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Helping students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is at the core of our school counseling program at WRHS. To have healthy behaviors, students must first start with education and awareness.

NAMI's More Than Enough Campaign

NAMI is launching the "More Than Enough" awareness campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month to uplift and empower the mental health community to feel that they are "more than enough". Ultimately, this campaign is about sharing the message of hope and inclusion to everyone, no matter where they are on their mental health journey, to let them know they are deserving of support, resources, and a community that care

Mental Health Awareness Facts

What is Mental Health?

According to the CDC, "Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices."

Why is Mental Health Important for Overall Health?

Mental health can impact your overall health. That is why taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

How Can We Improve Our Mental Health?

Learning how to take care of your mental health is essential to improving your mental health. Learning and using healthy coping skills that work for you can help improve your mental health. Talking to someone, whether it's a professional, parent, or friend can help as well.

You Are Not Alone

According to the CDC, mental health is one of the most common conditions in the United States.

What are the Stats?

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health)

  • 1 in 5 adults experience mental illnesses
  • 1 in 20 adults experience serious mental illnesses
  • 17% of youth experience a mental health disorder
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Mental Health Services at WRHS

  • Each student is assigned to a school counselor for social/emotional, academic, and college/career support
  • Counseling with the School Adjustment Counselor for additional mental health support (referral and approval required)
  • School-based counseling with a licensed therapist, which is contracted through Pediatric Behavioral Health or Enlightened Interventions (referral and approval required)
  • BRYT Program: a short-term clinical and academic support program designed to help students and families reintegrate into the school community after an extended absence due to a medical or mental health condition (referral and approval required)

A large part of the WRHS School Counseling Department's role to assist students and families with mental health and social-emotional concerns; click here for a list of additional mental health resources
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How to Ask For Help

It can be difficult to open up about mental health. It's important to identify trusted adults in your life that you can open up to and have a conversation with (like parents, family members, school counselor, teacher, etc). Below is a video from NAMI with helpful tips on how to start a conversation about mental health.
How Teens Can Ask for Help

Coping Strategies

Coping strategies are essential to improving mental health. Coping strategies are activities or healthy habits that help reduce stress and boost your mental health. Everyone may have their own activities or coping skills that work best for them, but here are a few ideas if you are unsure of where to start or want to find new skills to add to your toolbox! Or, try the 30 day mental health challenge below!

  • Taking a walk outside and enjoying nature
  • Journaling
  • Painting or other art-related activities
  • Listening to your favorite music or discovering new music
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Spending time with loved ones or friends
  • Expressing gratitude to someone you are thankful for
  • Meditation or breathing exercises
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Looking to Talk to Someone? Book an Appointment with your Counselor!

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