By Sammi deNeui, CommUnity Crisis Services Communications Intern
Throughout the month of May, we have shared a few blog posts as a way to let community members know that it is okay to not be okay. Parth Patel, CommUnity’s Youth Mobile Crisis Coordinator, wrote a piece called “Summer is Almost Here! Tips for Parents to Support Their Child’s Mental Health Over Break” as a guide for parents to help their children get through changes over summer break, such as not being around their friends or their school support system.
Another post to check out is “Immigrant Mental Health Across Generations,” written by Amel Ali, CommUnity’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, which discusses the mental health concerns that arise through the impact of immigration on children.
Even though May is Mental Health Awareness Month, mental health matters throughout the entire year. Mental health has a significant impact on your health in general, and you don’t have to struggle alone. Always give yourself some time for a break and remember that CommUnity Crisis Services is always here to help and provide support!
Some things to remember following Mental Health Awareness Month:
- There is always someone there who can talk with you, whether it be someone at CommUnity or a trusted friend
- You are never alone
- Self-care days are essential
- Go do the little things in life that you enjoy
- Take a nature walk
- Visit a pet store to see the animals
- Read your favorite book
- Sit outside for a couple of minutes for fresh air
- Even if you didn’t accomplish everything that you wanted to today, you are enough
Remember, if you are ever feeling overwhelmed:
Our crisis counselors are always available to listen and provide support.
Mobile Crisis: call 1-855-581-8111 and ask to speak with mobile crisis
Crisis Phone/Text: 1-855-325-4296
Crisis Chat: IowaCrisisChat.org