Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as "Mental Health Month") has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people nationally through media, local events, and screenings. Join the Town of Davidson as we celebrate Mental Health Month. Throughout the month, the town will send information through its social media channels as well as hold virtual events and classes in partnership with Davidson LifeLine.
Written by Jaletta Desmond, Davidson LifeLine President
Even though it has been around since 1949, I used to be clueless about May being Mental Health Month. To be honest, I wish I still was.
Basically, every month now is Mental Health Month in my life and in my volunteer work. I am grateful there’s a month where everyone is encouraged to pay attention to their brain health.
It’s not as though I wasn’t aware of mental and behavioral health before my oldest daughter died by suicide in 2012, along with four other Davidson residents. I was paying careful attention to her mental health, her diagnosed low grade depression. But I could’ve educated myself more. I could have tried to better understand depression, the teen brain and impulsivity. I had even researched and written a column about suicide a year or more before my daughter took her own life—but I didn’t know then that she was suicidal, and I didn’t really know what signs or symptoms to look for. It’s tough sometimes to separate typical adolescent behavior from mental illness. It’s tough sometimes to separate adult struggles from mental illness.
May is the month to learn more. Below, you will find links where you can explore with experts and national organizations and learn more about mental health and behavioral issues, brain health and suicidal ideation. You can learn about stigma and the damage it does to society when we judge, criticize or avoid mental health. You can learn about resilience and how to grow from the struggles we all face. You can also join Davidson LifeLine online for the evidence-based suicide prevention training QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer). QPR teaches you how to recognize signs and ask a person if they are thinking about suicide, persuade them to get help, and refer them to the appropriate professionals or resources. Particularly right now when life is upended and calls into suicide helplines have climbed so rapidly that some of those answering the phone calls from people in crisis are now overwhelmed, facing their own emotional struggles. Let’s do what we can to help those around us and to help ourselves. Let’s take this month to learn more.
I’d be glad for Mental Health Month to become obsolete because we are paying attention to it every month, every day.
MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATIONAL CLASSES/WEBINARS:
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) - Virtual Zoom Class
3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.
May 12/3:30-5:00 p.m.
May 18/5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 19/3:30-5:00 p.m.
May 26/3:30-5:00 p.m.
Registration Link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4FAAA62FA31-virtual1
Cardinal Innovations - A National Organization that helps provide and find support for people with mental health or behavioral needs.
Virtual Wellness Center - 30 days of wellness programs. Each day at 11:00 a.m. a free virtual training is provided.
For more information on a variety of topics on mental health, visit Cardinal Innovations blog (click here).
Please note that the Town of Davidson does not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third-party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.