Hello, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) family!
June marks the beginning of summer, a time that many of us have been eagerly anticipating after what feels like an eternity of stay-at-home orders and canceled events. Unfortunately, mental health challenges don’t take a summer break, and feelings of anxiety can even increase as temperatures rise. We encourage all First Aiders to prioritize self-care this summer so you can continue to #BeTheDifference for the people in your life.
MHFA recognizes that there is a serious mental health crisis in the U.S. A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing shows that a staggering 43% of U.S. adults who needed substance use or mental health care in the past 12 months say they did not receive that care, and numerous barriers to access stand between them and needed treatment. That’s why it’s more important than ever for you to continue promoting mental wellbeing in your communities.
In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and PTSD Awareness Month, consider becoming a MHFA Instructor or encouraging your friends and family to get certified in MHFA to foster deeper understanding and destigmatize mental health challenges. Together, we can make mental wellbeing, including recovery from substance use, a reality for everyone.