May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! So many incredible organizations [like Mental Health America + the National Alliance on Mental Illness] are bringing awareness to Mental Health through providing amazing resources [such as MHA’s free online Mental Health screening] as well as education on what Mental Illness is + how we can end the stigma associated with it.
One of CHAARG’s core values is that we are strong – physically, mentally, + emotionally! We believe that overall wellness is closely tied between your physical being, mental health, + emotional resilience. While 1 in 4 adults in America are challenged by a Mental Illness, the rate is actually much higher in women — research suggests that women are 40% more likely to develop depression than men + twice as likely to develop PTSD than men after a traumatic event [source = Psychology Today]. We know + have seen first hand how mental illness has affected our community + are proud of so many CHAARG women that have shared their story with us regarding their Mental Health journey.
All throughout the Month of May, we are joining the movement to start the conversation on mental health, fight stigma of this topic, + provide support//resources for not only the CHAARG community, but men + women across the country. Find various resources on mental health awareness including blog posts, TED talks, meditations, + even share your own story on this page!
Join us in continuing to raise awareness for Mental Illness all throughout the month of May + please share this page. You never know what those around you may be going through ++ who this could help!
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I have + always will work hard in academics. I competed gymnastics for 15 years despite multiple injuries + spinal surgery. I love to be involved. I am also bipolar II with generalized anxiety disorder [GAD] + panic disorder ++ social anxiety [quite the combination, right?] … wait, “I am” bipolar II? If I can […]
This *Mood Meditation* was created to give you a break in your day. 15 minutes for you to pause, sit, + observe whatever you might be feeling – in your body, in your mind, + in your mood. This meditation will help you find the space between the thoughts, the aches + pains, ++ the […]
Chances are, you know someone who is working with [listen on why I like the phrase *working with* rather than *struggling* here] a mental illness. It seems like more + more people are being diagnosed with depression or anxiety. Why? Is it because we have so much more information on these illnesses than during our parents’ generation? […]
It can be hard to accept or come to terms with having anxiety or depression, let alone to find the courage to be able to tell people about it. Remember, you do NOT have to tell anyone, some people are more open to sharing their experiences, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be […]
You have probably heard the term “anxiety” pretty often –being used both in a “lighter” way + of course, with a more serious demeanor, referring to an anxiety disorder. It is so important to know the difference between the two connotations + pay attention to any anxiety symptoms you are experiencing to know if it’s […]
I am a huge advocate of committing to a daily meditation practice because of the everyday impact it has had on my life. Through meditation I’ve learned more patience, contentment, + had some insights that have helped me on becoming my best self. The first of those insights was; I am not my thoughts — […]
Meditation + Mindfulness seems to be the trend lately. I’ll admit, I was a huge skeptic at first — when someone would tell me, “you should meditate on that,” I would roll my eyes like, “right, that’s going to solve my problems.” Does that ring a bell with you? Even if you’ve fully embraced the […]
Something I’ve been asked a lot about are ways to naturally alleviate depression. If you or someone you know are struggling with depression, it can be really scary to think about taking medication! While I believe that sometimes medication can be beneficial, I also think that the power of changing your lifestyle as well as […]
I remember when I first started struggling with depression, I believed that it was all *in my head*. I thought that the chemicals that were out of whack for me were in my brain ++ that my microbiome [or gut health] was far enough away from my brain that I didn’t need to look at […]
I was overwhelmed with love + positive vibes from my last post — thank you. Sharing a mental health journey isn’t easy, but I’m so grateful to be supported by the CHAARG community. After hitting rock bottom, I came to a big conclusion — this wasn’t something that was ever going away. I knew I […]
I thought a little anxiety + stress in life was a good thing. To me, it meant I was working hard, succeeding, earning the perfect grades, being the best leader, + securing a worthy future for myself. In high school, I experienced anxiety when it came to sports + schoolwork, but I never experienced an […]
I don’t think I’d be sitting here today if I didn’t have the incredible support that I did when I hit my first *rock bottom.* My family was a huge part of this, but my best friend + college roommate, Kellan, was even bigger. While I had originally been determined not to let anyone know, […]
I don’t know when it became a *badge of honor* to only get 3 hours of sleep the night before an exam or because you were working so hard, but that lack of sleep has profoundly affected our mental health. Sleep problems increase the risk of developing depression. In fact, sleep problems can develop before […]
As you probably already know — CHAARG girls love to sweat. One of our core beliefs is that when you work out, you feel good! So, it’s no surprise that exercise is directly related to mental health. While exercise benefits almost all aspects of overall health + wellness, it can also have profound effects on […]
Meditation is an act of focusing your awareness + tuning out the noise of your thoughts. Cat Aldana [@cataldasana] is leading us through a guided body scan meditation where you will truly focus on each individual part of your body. For the best experience, do this meditation in a seated cross-legged pose either on a […]
#THECHAARGPODCAST + Mental Health
Your story is important. Have you faced challenges with Mental Health that you would like to share with the CHAARG Community? We would love to hear about your journey — what you have found helpful + what you would like to share to help other CHAARG girls!
This month, we would love for you to share a fear, insecurity, part of yourself that you are ashamed of, part of yourself that you are working on, etc. ++ share why you are more than that. Tag us with #inCHAARG so that we can all see each others! Read more here <3
Mental Health in the media
Print the CHAARG + Mental Health Month Graphic
Reaching out for help
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE | This is a suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7 hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis//emotional distress. Reach the lifeline at: 800-273-8255.
FIND A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER//TREATMENT | For general info on mental health + to locate treatment services in your area, call the Substance Abuse + Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP . SAMHSA also has a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator on its website that can be searched by location.
NAMI [NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS] | You can reach the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264. In a crisis? Text NAMI to 741741.
MHA [MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA] | MHA offers free, confidential, + all online mental health screenings. Find them here!