June is Mens Mental Health Awareness Month. Educate yourself this month on how to recognize Mens mental health signs, what to say to a man about the mental health, and how to access resources that help you help them or help themselves.
There is still time take the necessary steps to participate in becoming more aware of Mens Mental Health.
While mental illnesses affect both men and women, the prevalence of mental illnesses in men is often lower than women. Men with mental illnesses are also less likely to have received mental health treatment than women in the past year. However, men are more likely to die by suicide than women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recognizing the signs that you or someone you love may have a mental disorder is the first step toward getting treatment. The earlier that treatment begins, the more effective it can be (National Institute of Mental Health, 2022).
Men and Mental Health.https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/men-and-mental-health?fbclid=IwAR2p2kie0qpUXlv7zXG985TDvFjz0UCjC0KsxhMCQmIikm5FwiVOimoKVho
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault affects everyone. Every 68 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted and a child is sexually assaulted every 9 minutes (RAINN, 2022). The goal for this month is to inform you of the resources available with one in particular focusing on rideshare safety. According to Helping Survivors.org, 2022, there were 3,045 sexual assaults to occur in 2018 that was reported in Uber’s 2019 safety report. Bringing awareness to this specific unfortunate situation is progress in eradicating the problem.
Please share with your circle the following information:
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Helping Survivors: Ride-sharing Safety Guide
International Womens Day March 8 2022
#Break the Bias
According to Lean In, 2022,73% of women experience bias at work—yet less than a third of employees are able to recognize bias when they see it.
To learn how you as that woman can recognize bias when it happens to you, visit their website:
Retrieved from International Womens Day, 2022.
I was "MLK Day 2022" years old when I learned about his attempted suicide. According to various reports, 2022, Martin attempted suicide at 12 years old because he was distraught over his grandmother’s death. The first thing that popped into my mind was "What was his Mother thinking and feeling?" She had just lost her Mother and then her son had attempted suicide. I would imagine her healing process was ongoing. As the Mother of African American son(s), the healing process is ongoing. The injustice we as African Americans experience as a community is unbelievably challenging along with the addition of being a Mother. However, we know we must keep moving forward and onward in the pursuit of happiness.
The best part of the featured quote is “keep moving forward”.
Luther King's Story, (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.goalcast.com/martin-luther-king-story/.
Robinson, Elissa. (2015), 5 things you might not know about Martin Luther King Jr., Detroit Free Press. Retrieved from https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/19/martin-luther-king-jr/21988849/.
Promoting economic growth and development is a human right for everyone. Let us support one another in our quest for prosperity in economic growth and development. Support by making contributions to your community through finances, sharing your talents, operating your unique skill set, giving time and attention, and physical interaction or labor.
December is Human Rights Month. Human rights are for those who are aware that they can make choices in their lives that others may not be happy with the outcome.
#HumanRights #cooperativeeconomics #MothersofAAMMInc
The holiday season can be difficult to navigate when a loved one is no longer here. At times, I imagine the only thing one can do is make the most of the season by making sure other loved ones are enjoying themselves. In my experience, when I am feeling down I try to maintain the status quo until I can find space and time to focus on healing. I encourage you to set aside time and space during the holiday season to rejuvenate. Acknowledge the pain of not having him with you during this time and be sure that acknowledgement turns into healing actions.
Some of those healing actions can include the following:
Ultimately, pay attention to yourself and take action to continue the healing journey during the holiday season. If you find that you need more help than you can give to yourself here is a list of resources you can use:
The Loveland Foundation
Therapy for Black Women and Girls access and opportunities.
NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M-F, 7 A.M. – 3 P.M. PT for free mental health info, referrals, and support; https://nami.org/Home.
MAAMM Meets: Mothers of AAMM meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday. Sign up here: https://www.mothersofaamminc.org/monthly-meeting-sign-up.html.
NAMI Support Groups: https://nami.org/Support-Education/Support-Groups.
American Association of Suicidology: https://suicidology.org/resources/support-groups/.
We hope your holiday season is peaceful and safe!
Maintaining Mental Health during the Holiday Season (and a Pandemic). NAMI California.