Mental health is something that adults have been facing for decades, but with a pandemic, that struggle is only heightened. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 5 adults now has a mental illness.


Many have faced isolation, grief, and other health concerns for themselves and their loved ones because of COVID-19. There has been a national increase of anxiety screenings of 93% and a 62% increase in depression screening since 2019. Youth mental health also saw an increase of 9.7% in those with severe depression (compared to 9.2%).


May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to remind you that you are not alone. While mental health can seem like a hurdle to overcome, there are many resources out there that can get you the help you need.


Seeking out help typically consists of therapy and/or medication, but everyone’s path to health is different. Your primary care services are an excellent first step and resource. They can provide mental health screenings and referrals to mental health specialists.


In addition, there are ways you can help yourself manage your symptoms at home. Deep breathing sounds obvious, but it can effectively calm anxiety. This exercise helps calm your brain, slow your heart rate, and causes you to relax. Try a 5,3,7 breathing technique – breathe in for 5 seconds, then hold for 3 seconds, and finally, exhale for 7 seconds. Repeat this process until you feel calmer or as long as you would like.


Try talking to someone you trust. It can be hard to start the conversation about mental health, but you will find many people are experiencing the same feelings, especially with an ongoing pandemic. Many people find that sharing how they feel takes a weight off their shoulders, and knowing you are not alone can make all the difference.


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