DOH-Monroe Promotes National Mental Health Month in May

(Monroe County, Fla) – The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) encourages residents to be aware of mental health resources available in their communities during National Mental Health Month in May. Mental health is characterized by a state of well-being and how we cope with the everyday stresses of life, work productively, and contribute to our communities. Mental wellness is critical to well-being and integral to overall health.

“We want Floridians to know that good health means caring for your mind, body and soul,” said State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. “I encourage everyone to invest some time during Mental Health Awareness Month and reflect on how you can better take care of yourself and transcend barriers that stand between you and a healthier you.”

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Mental health connects to behavior and physical health. Nearly 1 in 5 individuals in the U.S. live with a mental illness. Mental health impacts families and communities and is a public health concern. Wellness is essential to living a whole and productive life.

Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Experience increased feelings of calm, happiness, or satisfaction
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Realize their full potential
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

You can improve or maintain positive mental health by:

  • Developing healthy coping skills to help you deal with stress.
  • Getting professional help if you need it.
  • Connecting with friends, family, and others by reaching out for support, getting involved in your community, or volunteering for a cause you care about.
  • Engaging in physical activity. It can be anything from playing a sport to stretching and taking a walk,
  • Getting enough sleep, which improves mood and overall health.
  • Practicing relaxation by exploring your interests or hobbies, listening to relaxing music, or unwinding with a warm drink like tea.

If you or a loved one is experiencing crisis, there is help available:

  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988 
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Call 988 x 1 or text 838255
  • If you are experiencing or see a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.
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