Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Mental Health Month
You are not alone
Mental Health Month is observed every May, which is a great time to learn more about the conditions that encompass mental health, how to seek help if needed and to live a mentally healthy life.
Mental health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Mental health issues can cause changes in your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and physical activity - but it can be difficult to tell if you or your loved ones are affected by a mental health condition. Without seeking help, mental health issues could potentially impact careers, families, social interactions and overall wellbeing.
In November 2020, during the collective challenging time of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC reported that 44 percent of Americans were dealing with either depression or anxiety. Historically, data shows us that 20 percent of adults will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and every individual faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Mental health is important for everyone! Seeking help for your mental health, whether it's professional help, peer support or a form of self-help, is a sign of strength not weakness.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System is offering a series of virtual events in support of 2021 Mental Health Month. The virtual events promote mental health awareness and mental wellness. These events are free and we welcome all Veterans and Veteran supporters (i.e. friends, family, caregivers, community partners, VA staff, etc.). You can find detailed information regarding our virtual events on our Facebook events page or on our website events calendar. Our list of virtual events include:
- Mental Health Awareness: Screening Tools and Resources
- Minneapolis VAHCS Veterans MH Advisory Council
- Getting Out of Thinking Traps
- Adapting to Stress and Overcoming Trauma
- Gun Safety and Suicide Prevention
- Taking Time for Yourself
- Suicide Prevention and Postvention Care in our Communities
- Peer Support Program at Minneapolis VAHCS
- Stress First Aid
- Healing Race-Based Stress/Trauma Through Empowerment and Resistance
- LGBTQ+ Veterans: Affirmative Care, LGBT VCC Role, and Resources
- Academy of Inclusive Care
- Postpartum Depression
- Memorial Day: A Day of Mourning for Veterans
- Know Thy Triggers: Coping with Compulsive Behaviors