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May 2020 | DIVAS, Mental Health Awareness Month

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Dearest Divas and the people who love us,

So how are you doing in this continued time of Corona?

We know it is a rough time in the world and we hope you are still washing your hands, wearing your mask, respecting physical distancing, and staying inside. Life as you know it has been turned upside down and we must all try to adapt to new normals. Nothing is what it used to be but one thing you can count on for sure is the resilience and perseverance of the divinely inspired, victoriously alive, DIVA people among us. I believe we will do just fine because we are all in this together...apart.

May is the month of many important health awareness notices and as we wait out this period of uncertainty, remember that your mental wellness matters, and sometimes you need a check-up from the neck up.

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is that there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency. There are also ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges of their mental health. In this mental health month, the DIVA Foundation is highlighting #Tools2Thrive - what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery.

One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.

We are also exploring topics that can help you develop your own set of #Tools2Thrive - recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influence; creating healthy routines; and supporting others - all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.

When it comes to your feelings, it can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you are feeling them. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing with but taking the time to really identify what you are feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel. We also know that life can throw us curve balls - and at some point in our lives, we will all experience loss. It may be the end of a relationship, being let go from a job, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. It is natural to go through a grieving process. By looking for opportunities in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally.

For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally will be unique. But the DIVA Foundation wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find a balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health - and set yourself on the path to recovery.

For more information, visit www.mhanational.org/may.

With love and appreciation,

SherylLeeRalph

Founding Director

The D.I.V.A. Foundation

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