July is NATIONAL MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. How many of you were even aware of this fact? This month is designated for the good health of all minority groups.
African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems. I say serious, because minority groups in general, often don’t have the education nor the access to proper mental health care. Different kinds of behavior are looked at as something that runs in the family, it’s normal for “them.”
This kind of thinking and dismissive attitude is ruining our communities. We must do better and be more cognizant not only about other people’s behavior, but our own as well. We need to know the signs that scream for professional help and we need to know how to BE healthy.
- Stop eating and feeding your family processed (packaged) foods that contain way too much sugar and sodium. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that provide your brain with healthy nutrients.
- Allow yourself to feel your emotions. It’s okay to cry – men and women, boys and girls – it’s cleansing. But when the tears are unstoppable, find a reputable and trusted professional to talk to.
- Exercise to: keep your blood flowing, your body moving, feel a sense of accomplishment, reduce the amount of medication you take.
- Meditate: spend time in silence, being still, allow your brain to slow down. Rather than taking medicine for the headache, spend time slowing down your breathing and relax your shoulders. Move away from the noise and drama even for 5 minutes.
- Stop abusing alcohol, tobacco and drugs by seeking professional help.
- Be the friend, family member, work companion, who speaks authentically and WITHOUT JUDGEMENT, offers support, and resources to someone in need BUT DOES NOT ENABLE!
- It’s okay to ask for help. IT’S OKAY. To ask does not mean you are weak and incompetent. It means you need to reboot, you need an oil change, you need direction, you need guidance. It means you want to be in a different place this time next year.
Don’t allow your EGO to keep you or someone you love in an unhealthy and toxic space.
I’m Rita…speaking to your spirit!