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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Diversity and Inclusion

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, many people have been feeling more isolated than ever and it has taken its toll on mental health.

According to a survey in June 2020 conducted by the CDC, 40% of adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use. “Mental health conditions are disproportionately affecting specific populations, especially young adults, Hispanic persons, black persons, essential workers, unpaid caregivers for adults, and those receiving treatment for preexisting psychiatric conditions.”

Poor mental health can be caused by plethora of reasons such as trauma, abuse, neglect, or stress, among other reasons. To cope with stress, the CDC recommends taking breaks from social media, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, and connecting with others. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders, please know that your mental health matters and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

If you or know someone you know would like help, here are some useful resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html


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