May is Mental Health Month

This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is that there are tools and resources available that can support the well-being of individuals and communities.

Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this Mental Health Month Mental Health Minnesota is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. During the month of May, we are focusing on different topics that can help process the events of the past year and the feelings that surround them, while also building up skills and supports that extend beyond COVID-19.

We know that the past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little to no control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took the anxiety screening at mentalhealthmn.org/work/screening/, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. We are focused on managing anger and frustration, recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making
time to take care of yourself.

It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time. Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.

A great starting point for anyone who is ready to start prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health screening at mentalhealthmn.org/work/screening/. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and
begin finding hope and healing.

Ultimately, during this month of May, we want to remind everyone that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between life’s ups and downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Free Support for Your Mental Health

Minnesota Warmline – Certified Peer Support Specialists offer free support to anyone struggling with mental health concerns

Mental Health Helpline – mental health resource, information and provider referrals

833-HERE4MN – licensed mental health providers offer free support to anyone struggling during the pandemic

Mental Health Month #Tools2Thrive Resources

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Accepting Reality (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Adapting After Trauma and Stress (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Dealing with Anger and Frustration (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Getting Out of Thinking Traps (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Processing Big Changes (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: FACT SHEET Taking Time for Yourself (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Dealing With Change (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Dealing with the Worst-Case Scenario (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Managing Frustration and Anger (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Practicing Radical Acceptance (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Prioritizing Self-Care (PDF)

Tools2Thrive: WORKSHEET Processing Trauma and Stress (PDF)