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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Empowering Patients to Prioritize Mental Health and Well-being

Encourage your clients to prioritize their mental health and well-being this Mental Health Awareness Month! As healthcare providers and staff, we recognize the significance of assisting our clients in fostering positive changes.

Let’s empower them to prioritize their mental health by addressing critical areas such as sleep hygiene, smoking cessation, stress management, and anxiety reduction. Our latest tip sheets provide valuable insights and practical strategies to support their path to improved mental health. CLICK HERE for tip sheets and resources that can help you and your patients. Together, let’s make this year one of transformation and well-being for our clients and their communities.

Be Healthy Bash

📅 Date: June 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
📍 Location: Fayette County Extension Office, Lexington

 

This free festival offers activities and resources for your overall well-being, including health screenings, nutrition tips, cooking demonstrations, and more. Enjoy complimentary food, vaccinations, and fun games for all ages, including inflatables and a petting zoo.

Dr. Kristen Stakelin from the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center shares, “Our goal is to promote healthy living and accessibility to nutritious foods for everyone.”

Don’t miss this showcase of community wellness, supported by UK HealthCare, University of Kentucky, and other partners. Participation is open to all. Sign in at the registration table to receive Farmers’ Market vegetable vouchers.

CLICK HERE for more information and a list of partners.

Free QPR Certification Training: A Commitment to Community Mental Health

The QPR suicide prevention gatekeeper training offers essential knowledge and skills to recognize and support individuals in crisis. Here’s what the training entails:

  • Myth Busting: Debunking common misconceptions about suicide
  • Early Signs Recognition: Identifying signs of distress and potential suicide
  • Active Engagement: Learning effective communication to engage with those in crisis
  • Referral Guidance: Knowing where to refer someone for immediate help

The hour-long training provides accessible, self-paced learning. Passing a quiz qualifies participants as certified QPR Gatekeepers. This training empowers individuals to play a vital role in suicide prevention, fostering a compassionate community ready to intervene and support.

Access our FREE QPR training HERE and take the first step towards being a lifeline for those in need.

Emergency Support: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

In times of acute distress or when concerned about a friend or loved one, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a vital resource. This lifeline network operates 24/7 across the United States, providing immediate assistance. Simply dial, text or chat 988 to connect with professionals who can offer emotional support and guidance.

For more information about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, click HERE.

Your dedication to mental health awareness and support is deeply appreciated. Together, we can create a resilient community that prioritizes the well-being of all its members.

Thank you for being an advocate for mental health.