May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year we find ourselves amid a global crisis and facing mental health challenges few could have predicted. As we adjust to this new normal and navigate the anxiety, challenges, and uncertainty of what’s to come, Talkspace is more committed than ever to pushing forward the conversation around mental health.
In previous months, as we’ve tracked the spread of the coronavirus — on social media, the news, in conversations with friends and relatives, and through our own experience — the story predominately being told centers around the number infected and how we can best take precautions against the illness. But, what does it all mean for our mental health — and our long-term well-being?
The future is ambiguous. These disruptions can increase our stress levels and drive panicked, irrational responses and poor decision making. It’s normal in these times of collective uncertainty to experience anxiety and fear. For now, however, the most important thing we can do is stay calm and follow the directives of public health professionals. And to protect our mental health.
For Mental Health Month 2020, we’re encouraging everyone to continue to help eradicate the stigma around mental illness by sharing their unique stories. After all, when it comes to protecting your mental health during these unprecedented times, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This year taking care of yourself, your friends, loved ones, your work, and your community may be harder than ever.
That’s why we want to know: what does your mental health look like? Talking about feelings helps, so let’s talk it out.
Throughout May we’re driving conversation on social media around The State of Our Mental Health. Share your experience and journey using #TheStateofMyMentalHealth so that we can continue to destigmatize and normalize mental health issues — and help one another during this one of the most difficult periods in memory. Remember, every story makes a difference.
What’s the state of your mental health? See more words from our community — and share your videos @talkspace using #TheStateofMyMentalHealth.