Mind Your Mental Health - National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week

Observed in the first week of February, National School Counseling Week aims to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. The observance acknowledges counselors for partnering with parents in addressing the challenges of raising children in today’s world.

  • Talk with your child. If you think your child might be suffering the effects of stress, anxiety or depression, make time to talk with them. Ask questions about how they’re feeling. Express your love and support.
  • Nurture their well-being. Encourage your child to get regular exercise, spend time with supportive friends, eat healthy foods and get enough sleep.
  • Seek help if needed. It’s normal for a child to be moody or sad occasionally. However, if these feelings last for weeks or months, depression may be the cause. Talk to your child’s pediatrician or a counselor.

This month, Stamp Out Stigma is highlighting the power of kindness. You never know if someone is experiencing a mental health condition, and many physical disabilities are invisible. Practicing kindness encourages patience and empathy. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing resources and starting conversations. Throughout the month of February, we encourage family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about eating disorders and mental health. Here are some important facts you should know:

  • After a month of a group of highly anxious individuals performing at least six acts of kindness a week, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals.
  • Five random acts of kindness in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.
  • When you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”
  • When we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.
  • Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy.

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.