Support and Self Care
for your mental health

Mental health is an essential component of overall well-being, yet it often remains overlooked or stigmatized in many societies. The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to contribute to their community. However, achieving this state can be challenging, particularly in the face of stressors, traumas, or mental health disorders.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health awareness and support. It's crucial to understand that mental health is not just the absence of mental illness; rather, it encompasses a spectrum of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Here, we explore the significance of mental health awareness and provide practical steps that individuals can take to nurture their own mental health and support others who may be struggling.


Steps to Promote Mental Health:

  1. Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities that promote mental well-being, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, healthy eating, and relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing exercises. Engage in activities that bring joy and fulfillment, whether it's pursuing hobbies, spending time in nature, or connecting with loved ones.

  2. Seek Support: Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you're struggling with your mental health. This can involve confiding in a trusted friend or family member, seeking support from a mental health professional, or contacting a helpline or support group. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

  3. Practice Mindfulness: Cultivate mindfulness, which involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or mindful breathing, can help reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and improve emotional regulation.

  4. Maintain Social Connections: Nurture meaningful relationships with friends, family, and peers. Social support is a crucial protective factor for mental health, providing comfort, encouragement, and a sense of belonging. Make an effort to stay connected, even if it means reaching out virtually or joining community groups or clubs.

  5. Educate Yourself and Others: Take the time to educate yourself about mental health conditions, including signs and symptoms, treatment options, and available resources. Challenge misconceptions and stigma by promoting understanding and empathy. Encourage open conversations about mental health in your community and workplace.

Supporting Others:

  1. Listen Without Judgment: When someone confides in you about their mental health struggles, offer a listening ear without judgment or criticism. Let them know that you're there to support them and that their feelings are valid.

  2. Validate Their Experience: Validate the person's emotions and experiences, acknowledging the challenges they may be facing. Avoid minimizing their feelings or offering unsolicited advice. Instead, express empathy and understanding.

  3. Encourage Professional Help: Encourage the individual to seek professional help if needed. Offer to assist them in finding a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist and provide encouragement throughout the process.

  4. Be Patient and Supportive: Understand that recovery from mental health issues takes time and may involve setbacks along the way. Be patient, supportive, and consistent in your encouragement, offering reassurance and assistance as needed.

Promoting mental health awareness and support is a collective responsibility that requires compassion, empathy, and understanding. By prioritizing our own mental well-being and offering support to those in need, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Let's continue to break down stigma, foster open dialogue, and prioritize mental health as an integral part of overall wellness.

Get Immediate Help in a Crisis

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org/.

988 is confidential, free crisis service that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects people to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

Crisis Text Line

Text “HELLO” to 741741

The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.

National Disaster Distress Helpline

Call or text 1-800-985-5990

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

National Domestic Violence Hotline


Text " LOVEIS" to 22522

TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)

Text 1-800-422-4453

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

NAMI HelpLine | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is a free nationwide peer-support service providing information, resources referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained, and able to provide guidance.

The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., EST.

1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or helpline@nami.org

Teen Line: An anonymous, nonjudgmental space for youth | Teen Line Teens can access personal peer- to-peer support from highly trained teens supervised by adult mental health professionals.

The Teen Line can be reached at 800-852-8336 Nationwide (6 PM - 10 PM PST) or TEXT TEEN to 839863

(6 PM - 9 PM PST)

Mental Health Warmline: Need to talk to someone? (Warmlines) - MHA Screening Call the warmline to have a conversation with someone who can provide support during hard times. Whether you’re in crisis or just need someone to talk to, a warmline can help. Warmlines are staffed by trained peers who have been through their own mental health struggles and know what it’s like to need help. Warmlines are free and confidential.

The Clear Warm Line can be reached at 1 (800) 945-1355. Hours: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST Every night of the year including holidays.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA provides information on mental health services and treatment centers through an online service locator. You can search by your location, service category, payment options and languages spoken.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

TTY 1-800-487-4889

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