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Mental Health Matters: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Rhenelle McSween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist


Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for us to pause, reflect, and raise our collective voices for this cause. In a world where mental health struggles are more prevalent than ever, this designated month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of prioritizing mental well-being, not just in May, but every day of the year.

Mental health is a topic that touches all of us. Whether directly or indirectly, we’ve all felt its impact – in ourselves, our loved ones, and our community, yet there still exists a stigma surrounding mental health, one that often prevents people from seeking help or even acknowledging their struggles. The month of May provides an opportunity to chip away at this stigma, to start conversations, and to foster greater understanding and empathy.


Education and Advocacy

One of the most significant aspects of Mental Health Awareness Month is the emphasis on education and advocacy. It’s a time for organizations, communities, and individuals to come together to raise awareness about mental health issues, dispel myths, and provide resources for those in need. From workshops and seminars to social media campaigns and fundraising events, there are countless ways to get involved and make a difference. Here are some educational resources as well as events happening in May for Mental Health Awareness:


Personal Reflection and Self-Care

But beyond the organized efforts, Mental Health Awareness Month is also a time for personal reflection and self-care. It’s a chance for each of us to take stock of our own mental well-being and to prioritize the practices that contribute to our overall health and happiness. Whether it’s through therapy, mindfulness, exercise, or creative expression, there are myriad ways to nurture our mental health and build resilience in the face of life’s challenges. Here are a few of Healthy St. Pete’s offerings that can assist with this:


As the month of May comes and goes, let’s carry the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month with us into the rest of the year. Let’s continue the conversations, break down barriers, and work towards a future where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health. Together, we can create a world where everyone feels seen, heard, and supported on their journey towards mental well-being.