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BEE Kind is back for Mental Health Awareness Month this May

Mental health remains a pressing issue, with mental illnesses affecting millions of people across the country. Factors such as access to care, stigma, and societal pressures contribute to the challenges faced by those dealing with mental health issues. Additionally, the pandemic has further exacerbated existing mental health concerns, leading to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

As the conversation around mental health continues to evolve, efforts to enhance support systems, reduce stigma, and prioritize mental well-being are crucial for addressing the complex landscape of mental health in America. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Health Foundation is excited to remind the Plateau to BEE Kind.

BEE Kind, founded in May of 2023 in partnership with the Counseling Center of Highlands, is an initiative that believes “Mental Health Begins With Kindness” and works to create open conversations and reduce stigmas for people of all ages and walks of life. We believe that the more kind, empathetic, and curious our community can become, the better we all will be as a Plateau and beyond!

Kindness is a powerful tool to promote overall mental well-being as we navigate the challenges in our daily lives.  Here are five ways that we can incorporate kindness into our lives:

  1. Self-Compassion: Practice self-compassion by offering understanding and forgiveness to ourselves. It is normal to feel anger and anxiety, considering the daily challenges we face. Treat yourself with kindness, acknowledge your emotions without judgment, and practice self-care when needed.
  2. Empathy and Understanding: Be empathetic and understanding towards others and their struggles, some of which we may not see. By fostering a compassionate attitude, we create a positive environment that can help everyone thrive.
  3. Connection and Community: Strengthen bonds within our communities. Reconnect with neighbors, friends, and family members. Engage in acts of kindness, such as checking in on loved ones or offering assistance to those in need. Building connections and promoting a sense of belonging can counter feelings of isolation and reduce anxiety.
  4. Appreciation: Develop an appreciation practice by acknowledging the positive aspects of our lives. Expressing gratitude can shift our mindset and amplify positive emotions, reducing anger and anxiety. Take time each day to focus on the things you are grateful for, no matter how small.
  5. Random Acts of Kindness: Engage in random acts of kindness towards friends and even visitors. Small acts, such as offering a helping hand or a kind word, can uplift both the recipient and ourselves. Acts of kindness remind us of our shared humanity and create a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

 

The Health Foundation is excited to partner again this year with the Counseling Center of Highlands and other organizations and businesses all across the Plateau for BEE Kind. Look for the bees around in the month of May (and early June).  Join us in participating in BEE Kind activities. And remember, kindness matters. The little things we do for someone may mean more to that person than we will ever know.

To learn more about BEE Kind and to see our list of partners and events, click here.

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