National Mental Health Awareness Month - Counseling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month! This month has become a cornerstone of addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. It’s normal for people to have difficulties in their everyday lives, and we want to make sure that we are here for you to communicate the importance of this month and keeping up with one’s mental health, not just now, but throughout the year.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Step Back

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Sometimes, things become so much in our lives that we forget to take a step back, analyze the situation a step at a time, and think about the best solution to any problems that we are faced with in our daily routine. Juniper Center clinician Rachel Herman states, “It’s knowing your limits, practicing self-care, and taking breaks as needed.” There are times when we can keep going, trying to take care of things that need to be taken care of without realizing that we are at a point where the kettle becomes too hot and spills all over the place. It’s important to partake in certain self-care activities, such as journaling, going outside for a walk, engaging in deep breathing exercises, or doing anything that puts someone in a more calm, cool, and collected state of mind.

Remember the Mind and Body Are Connected

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Some people out there tend to think that their physical health and their mental health are completely separate things to keep track of. However, this is not the case at all. It’s important to remember that a person’s physical and mental health are connected and impact one another in various ways that people tend to forget about, which is something to remember throughout Mental Health Awareness Month. For example, if someone is feeling sick and under the weather, their mind can also begin to feel a bit under the weather and someone might not feel like their mind is all there at that moment. Juniper Center clinician Dr. Karen Thames states that it is all “a cycle where, if our minds are not optimally maintained, it impacts the body.”

Learn to Adapt to Changes Occurring

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“Many changes occur during this month and near this month. Many people are graduating from 8th grade, high school, or college. Emerging adults will be going away to college. Some people will leave their friends or loved ones. The season has changed and the weather is changing,” Dr. Karen Thames mentions about this month. It can be difficult for some people to adapt to these types of changes, so it’s important to take the time to discuss anything that might be going on regarding how someone might be feeling during this transitional period. Also, if there is ever a moment where you’re having a hard time collecting your thoughts, take a minute to write down anything that’s going on in your mind so it’s easier for you to remember and discuss them with others that you trust.

Spread the Word About Mental Health

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It seems that it has become easier than ever before to spread the word about various things that are going on in our world nowadays, due to the popularity of social media and other platforms that people can use to do so. Whether it would be sharing an article on Facebook, or creating a post to share on Instagram, we can help each other learn more about the importance of maintaining healthy mental health every day. Rachel Herman mentions that “posting about mental health, reminding yourself that your mental health matters or if you’ve been through something difficult that it’s ok to be upset or not be happy 100 percent of the time” is a normal thing for someone to do during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Our Mental Health is something that we should be monitoring daily. For those who feel they need help coping with a mental health concern, The Juniper Center is a great resource. Please feel free to give us a call at 847-759-9110, extension #2, or visit our website at We are here for you.


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