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Honoring World Mental Health Day

By Joni Schwager, Staunton Farm Foundation Executive Director

At Staunton Farm Foundation, we’re always working for mental wellness. Each year on October 10, World Mental Health Day, many others join in.

This year’s theme, ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’, invites us to think about mental wellness in the same way we think about access to food and water – that it is vital to survival. When mental health conditions are among the most common health conditions in the U.S., it’s well past time to take action.

Today and every day, it’s important to prioritize your mental wellness. Take a moment to review these tips and share them with someone you love.

  1. ‘You Time’ matters
    Between life and work, it can seem hard to find time for yourself. But, as the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Take a walk, tend your garden, dance it out –
    Whatever brings you joy is the right thing to do.
  2. Have a support system
    If it’s friends or loved ones, faith leaders or neighbors, have someone you can call to really talk. We all have good days and bad days, but just talking it through with someone who knows you can help you put it in perspective or think of solutions.
  3. Don’t bottle it up
    Everyone has a lot on their plate and it’s easy to brush problems under the rug…until they pile up. If something is bothering you, address it. Talk to a member of your support system, do some research, and try to change the situation. Nothing gets better when you ignore it.
  4. You don’t have to do it all
    It may look like others have a perfect life and seamlessly juggle whatever comes their way, but that is never the case. Take it easy on yourself. Make a to-do list and don’t be afraid to ask for help or reschedule when you have too much on your plate. This is your life and your time.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.