Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

by Nikita D. Robinson, M.Ed., LPC

Mental Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness
  • 25.8% of adults affected by mental illness are college-age (18-25)
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  • 21.4% of U.S adults experience a mood disorder like depression-like bipolar disorder, or seasonal affective disorder- at some point in their lives
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  • An estimated 19.1% of U.S adults report having experienced anxiety in any form in the past year
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  • In 2017 65% of adults received combined care (medication and healthcare professional) for major depressive disorder; 6% received medication only, while 15% received care from a health professional
  • 17.3 million adults in the U.S had at least one major depressive episode, the highest percentage being college-aged (18-25) accounting for 13.1%
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  • Suicidal thoughts are highest among college age individuals (18-25) compared to other age groups
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Resources & Opportunities for Engagement

Webinars, Virtual Outreach, Online Workshops

Counseling Center Virtual Outreach & Workshop Schedule

Skyland Trail Managing Anxiety in Anxious Times

COVID-19 and Mental Health

Mental Health Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Suicide Prevention

National Prevention Week: Suicide Prevention Day is May 15!

Suicide Prevention Toolkit Link (Google Doc)

How To Spot Signs of Mental Illness Video

What It’s Like to Have A Mental Illness Video

Make Your Own Stress & Anxiety Relief Wheel


Download and print out your wheel, pick a number or roll a number between 1-6; take action! No printer? Screenshot for future use!

Use the following relaxation tips to complete a helpful exercise to reduce distress. Repeat as often as needed!

Relaxation tips:

  • For Breathing: sit straight with your feet flat on the floor; place one hand on your belly and deeply inhale, feeling your belly rise. Hold for 5-10 seconds, then slowly release (count backwards from 10 until done) Repeat as needed.
  • For Progressive Muscle Relaxation: beginning at face or toes, tense and hold your muscles for 3-5 seconds, then relax and move up/down to the next muscle (i.e squeeze eyes, down to neck, shoulders, arms, etc. OR flex your toes, up to foot, ankles, calves, etc.)
  • For Guided Imagery: Visualize yourself in a location: what do you see? how do you feel? what are you wearing? Who is with you? What is special about that location?
  • Take a Minute: Get out of your head for a minute! Take your mind off your stress.
  • Clean Your Plate: What is going on on your “plate” or in your life? Can you remove some things (tasks, relationships, etc.)? Can you place something on hold or prioritize responsibilities in a schedule to simplify obligations? Can someone else complete a task for you (laundry, groceries, pet, etc.).
  • Magic Wand: Envision the perfect scenario/circumstance/task: what is one reasonable step you can take to make it happen (i.e goal= A+ in history, step= join a study group)?

Last updated: 5/6/2020