So, let’s talk about taking care of our mental health as we observe the Mental Health Awareness Month…

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as Dr. Delphin-Rittmon of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says, it is a time to promote the importance of mental health and its impact on our well-being as humans.

A lot of times, we focus on ailments, like “I’m getting a lot of weight”, “my back hurts”, and “my blood pressure is too high”, and push aside our mental health, not knowing it’s highly correlated to every aspect of our life.

Data shows that nearly 1 in 4 adults reported mental illness, almost 20% of adolescents ages 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode, and one death by suicide happens every 11 minutes here in the United States.

This is an unparalleled mental health crisis we’re going through right now, yet here we are, still asking and not understanding why people commit suicide.

But we don’t want that to continue; we want to help keep your mental health in check and on the right track. Just like what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) said, with the right care, anyone affected by or at risk for a mental health condition can thrive, achieve well-being, and lead meaningful lives.

Join me in this week’s episode as we take a pause and realign our mental health to the path it needs to be at.

Why you need to check this episode:

  • Recognize the importance of checking in on yourself, especially your mental health;
  • Discover how your mental health correlates with other aspects of your life and your well-being as a whole; and
  • Understand why there are people who choose mental clarity over things like promotion, job opportunities, etc.

“Mental health is so key, because even if all of these other [health] – spiritual, financial, even the medical – even if all those things are aligned, if your mental health is not together, it will typically suffer and bring the others down with it.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

Topics Covered:

00:00 – A message from Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

01:50 – Introduction: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s make sure everyone’s mental health is in check

03:35 – The importance of considering if the person you're confiding in is prepared to handle your problems along with their own

06:10 – Men working (or not) on their mental health, and mental health being a crucial aspect of one’s journey towards a better life

08:21 – No matter how much money you have or what your social status is, those things won’t matter if your mental health isn’t well

11:25 – All of these pillars matter; everything’s correlated. So, let’s not push aside our mental health

14:33 – A question to ask yourself: Is my mental health where it needs to be?


“Regardless of what the resolution is, if mentally, we aren’t there to make sure that they succeed, it’s not going to succeed.” – Dr. Berry Pierre

“Life is still happening around us. We just have to figure out ‘How can I position myself so that life doesn’t continue to beat me up from a mental standpoint, because if it continues to beat me up from a mental standpoint, everything else falls.’” – Dr. Berry Pierre

This episode is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.

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