by Carl Clark, M.D.
Welcome to May is Mental Health Month. Since every single person has mental health, I hope this is a month we all can appreciate. After all, mental health is a continuum and can fluctuate based on internal and external factors. Science has shown there are many research backed methods to improve our well-being. Interestingly, one of the most effective ways to impact the well-being of those around you, is to improve your own personal well-being. We are incredibly inner-connected when it comes to improving the health of our community.
That’s why this May, I want to share how I was able to significantly improve my well-being and offer you tips and tools on how you too, can boost your mental health and live a more meaningful life. Some of what we’ll share seems too easy – more sleep? That’s it? – while others may require more intention. Follow along on social media all month long as we explore well-being and its ripple effect on the community.
A few great ways to jump-start your journey? This month, we’re encouraging people to take a free online course called the Science of Well-Being from Yale professor Laurie Santos. There is so much science-backed research on how we can live happier, more fulfilling lives and this course will share those insights as well as offer strategies to help you improve your own well-being. I took it and now recommend it to everyone. It’s easy – not a huge time commitment – and had a profound impact on me.
I also encourage people to take advantage of the Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings we’re offering in May. Just as CPR can help someone having a physical crisis like a heart attack, MHFA offers guidance on how to help someone in a mental or substance use disorder crisis.
Thanks for being a part of the Mental Health Center of Denver’s community. We hope the information we share for May is Mental Health Month inspires you to take steps to improve your own well-being and improves your understanding of how strong mental health improves our community.
Carl Clark M.D.
Mental Health Center of Denver