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Mental Health Awareness Month 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed annually in May to raise awareness about mental health, mental illnesses, and the importance of mental healthcare. The purpose of this observance is to reduce stigma and promote understanding of mental health issues, as well as to encourage individuals to take care of their own mental health and seek help if needed.

Mental Health Resources

There are many resources available to promote mental health awareness, education, and support. Here are some resources that can help:

  1. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
  2. Mental Health America (MHA): MHA is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
  4. 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  5. Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text-based crisis support service. Anyone can text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

These are just a few resources available to promote mental health awareness and support during Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s important to remember that seeking help for mental health concerns is a sign of strength and courage.

Free Tools

The Renfrew Center is offering FREE tools throughout the month such as a Self-Care Checklist, Mood Tracker and various inspirational coloring pages. All these tools can be downloaded at the links below.

Self-Care Checklist 

A self-care checklist is a tool used to help individuals prioritize and practice self-care regularly. The purpose of a self-care checklist is to provide a simple and systematic approach to incorporating self-care practices into daily life.

Take time to explore some of the items on our self-care checklist. Cross off what doesn’t fit your life right now and add the things that do. Click here to download and start planning your self-care journey!

Mood Tracker 

A mood tracker is an awareness tool to help you identify your moods on weekly basis. The purpose of a mood tracker is to help individuals better understand their mood patterns, identify triggers for mood changes, and develop strategies to manage their moods more effectively.

Click here to download yours today!

Coloring Pages 

If you’re looking for an uplifting way to unwind and relax, pull out the crayons, colored pencils and markers. Check out our FREE Printable coloring pages featuring a variety of inspirational quotes! Be sure to tag us (@RenfrewCenter) in your completed artwork on social media.

Renfrew-Specific Events

Do I Have to Love Myself First? Exploring Romantic Relationships in the Context of Eating Disorders
Date: Wednesday, May 3rd

In this FREE recovery webinar, we will explore the intersection of eating disorders and romantic relationships across statuses of being single, dating and in committed relationships. Participants will learn ways to respond to the emotions evoked by relationships, communicate needs and balance these internal and external challenges.

Register for this event.

Instagram Live
Date: Friday, May 5th

Join Grace Sturgis MS, RD, LDN, CEDS, Regional Nutrition Manager at The Renfrew Center for a discussion about International No Diet Day, how to combat diet culture and a brief overview of Renfrew’s Nutritional Approach. Tips will also be provided for the community.

No registration required. 

Instagram Live 
Date: Thursday, May 18th

Join our Alumni Services Coordinator, Erin Birely, LCPC (she/her), as she discusses the importance of mental health awareness, advocacy and education. Tips and tools will be shared with the community.

No registration required.

Residential Alumni Support Group
Date: Tuesday, May 23rd

Join us for a FREE a virtual support group for alumni of our Residential program as they move forward in their recovery.

Register for this event.

Have a resource to share with us? Contact [email protected] to let us know!

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