A mental illness affects millions of people in the United States daily. In Mental Health Awareness Month, we joined the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Every year in May, we educate the public, and advocate for policies that help people with mental illness and their families lead more fulfilling lives.
Our nation is at a critical crossroads during Mental Health Awareness Month. Encourage and safeguard the emotional well-being of workers and young adults who are in the greatest need. Let’s work together to:
- Find connection and support.
- Ask for—and offer—help.
- Seek and celebrate joy.
Four things you can say to a friend in need
- We haven’t talked in a while; how are you doing?
- You seem kind of down lately. So let’s talk and see if there’s a way I can help.
- It seems like you are having a hard time. I’ve been there too, and it can help talk about it.
- If you’re having a hard time, I am a judgment-free ear you can talk to.
How to talk to your friend when you’re worried
- Pick a quiet time and work to stay calm and open.
- Tell them what you’ve been observing.
- Ask them open-ended questions regarding the situation.
- Let them know you want to help and listen.
- Acknowledge what they are telling you.
- Ask if they would like help fixing it if they want you to listen.
- If you become furious or emotional, take a break. Then, repeat when you are calm.
Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh underscores the department’s commitment to supporting mental health policies in America’s workplaces.
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