January is National Get Organized Month
Many people don’t realize how much energy and focus they lose when they’re disorganized at work or at home. To keep a
disorganized home or workspace from draining you:
- Assess your spaces. When you enter your work or leisure spaces, do they make you feel good and ready to achieve? Or,
do they feel stale and burdensome? If it’s the latter, schedule time-limited get-organized efforts.
- Categorize the clutter. Starting one zone at a time, sort items into categories such as trash, keep, donate, recycle,
undecided and sell. Store “keepers” in clearly labeled bins, boxes and other such containers. Give donation items to
charities or thrift stores, take loads to recycle centers, and organize a garage sale.
- Get a fresh start. Straighten your work spaces at day’s end so you can start fresh tomorrow. Longer term, completely
rearrange your physical spaces periodically; this will refresh your thinking and creativity!
This month, Stamp Out Stigma is taking the opportunity to bring more awareness around mental health after the new year. We will be highlighting the importance of self-care habits to try as 2021 begins, as well as share resources and tips on how to spread mental health awareness to others. Throughout January, we encourage family, friends, and loved ones to prioritize their mental health in the new year. Here are some important facts you should know:
- 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness.
- About 9% of Black youth reported an episode of major depression in the past year, yet only about 40% of that group received treatment, compared to 46% of white youth who received treatment
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
- 48% of all transgender adults report they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population
- 60% of people who achieve their New Year's resolutions flop once-or more-before succeeding.
- Black adults in the US are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness or helplessness.
- Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
- Suicide rates tend to be higher in the spring, not the winter.
Remember, mental illness does not discriminate. Join us to help bring attention to the importance of sharing mental health stories and help improve the lives of millions of Americans living with a mental illness.
Help is available! Visit www.MagellanHealthcare.com/About/MYMH or contact your program to learn more about how to help yourself or someone you care about.