May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Giuliana DePaola, Junior High Staff Writer

The month of May is known nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month, and has been since 1949. While everyone observes differently, the month is observed as a time to reflect on oneself and raise awareness about mental health. This year’s theme is Back to Basics, meaning that this year, Mental Health America has been educating people about the foundations of mental health conditions as well as mental health in general. After the pandemic, mental health has plummeted due to isolation and stress. People worldwide were thrown into a situation that most couldn’t even imagine. Within weeks billions of lives were flipped upside down, and what we once took for granted became a luxury. This has affected everyone differently, which is why it is important to understand mental health and what it means for individuals. 

Mental health has been proven to have an effect on physical well-being, so it is crucial to take care of your mind as well as your body. By becoming aware of mental health, you can become a better version of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Everyone is different, so it is important to focus on your own mental state. Find treatments that work for you, such as meditation, therapy, or just relaxing on occasion. Spring is all about new beginnings, so let this be an opportunity to grow, and learn about yourself in the process. 

Please go to for more information, and to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Month 🙂