May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On May 7, 2021, Garrett County Public Schools will be joining other agencies throughout the county to raise awareness and support for those struggling with mental health issues. Green is the color chosen to represent hope, strength, support, and encouragement for those suffering from mental health issues. Everyone is encouraged to wear a touch of green to show their support. This year more than ever we need to show our support.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Stress can cause the following:
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
If you are experiencing any of these feelings or struggling with other mental health issues, know that you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. School counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, as well as your primary care provider can help.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please go to the closest Emergency Room or call 911.
Show your support by wearing green on May 7, 2021!
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