Mental health is an inextricable part of overall health, no matter who you are. The well-being of our brains affect everything from our thoughts and feelings, to interpersonal interactions and stress tolerance. When your mental health is optimal, it can be easy to forget that your mind is a powerful machine that needs care and accommodation much like your physical body... and when your mental health slips, it can make the simplest of things very difficult.
Poor mental health and mental illness are not synonymous. Mental health refers to the emotional, psychological, and social state of anyone, whereas mental illnesses are diagnosable conditions with a set of criteria affecting thought and behavior. Everyone can experience times of poor mental health, and likewise, people living with mental illness can attain sound mental health.
For Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the books below highlight the importance of our mental well-being and remind us that we are not alone in our struggles with mental health issues.
Gladys Cepeda & Erin Douglass
The Diverse & Underserved Populations Committee