May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness MonthLife can be challenging. Whether you’re under pressure from work, balancing the demands of family, or just struggling with your daily routine, it can be difficult to overcome obstacles that may seem insurmountable. Add to the stress a mental health issue like depression or anxiety, and your ability to cope flies out the window.

For some, dealing with mental stress means turning to alcohol as a means turning to dull the pain.  The problem is that drinking only adds to a mental illness, and you end up grappling with both your mental health issue and alcoholism or substance abuse. But there is help if you choose to seek it – To raise awareness and reach out to those who need it, Mental Health America has designated May Mental Health Awareness Month.

If you or someone you love is living with and struggling with a mental illness, there’s no reason to feel shame. There are thousands of people sharing your struggles, and you can connect with community resources or one of the many planned activities during Mental Health Awareness Month – All it takes is one step in the right direction.