Feature: May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Get Involved

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on May 1, 2019, in Feature / 3 Comments

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. We kick off Mental Health Awareness month with three ways you can join. Check it out and come back weekly for more posts in support.

Three Ways You Can Support Mental Health Awareness in May

Read and share books that explore mental health topics. We will share important books weekly, starting today!

In 2017, 8.5 million American adults suffered from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders. Hey, Kiddo shares a real life experience of how substance abuse impacted one family.

Feature: May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Get Involved

Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Published by: Graphix
on October 9, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Pages: 320

A National Book Award Finalist!  In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Post about resources available to support those who may need support. You never know who may need to see your message. It costs you nothing but a few seconds to share the following graphic.

Find out what your local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is doing – now and always! There’s no small way to get involved.

What will you do to take care of yourself and others this month?

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3 responses to “Feature: May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Get Involved

  1. This is such a wonderful thing! I started treatment last week by going on medical leave to attend Kaiser’s Work / Life Stress Clinic for 3 weeks. The sessions so far have revealed how many people are suffering needlessly because of crazy stress from their job combining and impacting with their non-work life stress. The goal for us all in this group therapy is to use Cognitive Behavior Thought techniques to stop the A.N.T.S (automatic negative thoughts).

    • Oh Livia, I am so glad to hear you took a much needed break and you are doing the right thing to help you combat the negative thoughts that can consume us. I suffer from them as well, I never think I am good enough, and I wish our healthcare system took MH more seriously and allowed for more care. I am so proud of you for doing this!