May 2024 Spotlights Mental Health. Mental Health Month is held in the United States in May and Mental Health Awareness Week is held 13-19 May in the United Kingdom.

Mental Health Month

What is the (United States) Mental Health Month?

In Mental Health Month the Mental Health America explain:

May 2024 Spotlights Mental Health“The world is constantly changing – for better or for worse – and it can be overwhelming to deal with everything going on around you. While society is getting more comfortable discussing mental health, it can still be hard to know “Where to Start” when it comes to taking care of your own well-being.

This May, Mental Health America will help you:

  • LEARN how modern life affects mental health with new resources to navigate our changing world.
  • ACT by building your coping toolbox so you can manage stress, difficult emotions, and challenging situations.
  • ADVOCATE to improve mental health for yourself, your friends and family, and your community.

For anyone struggling with the pressure of today’s world, feeling alone, or wondering if they can feel better, this is Where to Start”.

Mental Health Awareness Week

What is the (United Kingdom) Mental Health Awareness Week?

In Mental Health Awareness Week the [United Kingdom] Mental Health Foundation explain:

May 2024 Spotlights Mental Health“Focusing on anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem. At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change – making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole”.

Menopause and Mental Health

Is there an association between menopause and mental health?

In Promoting Good Mental Health Over the Menopause Transition: Introduction – Key Messages published in the Lancet 25 March 2024, the authors include:

  • “…Risk factors for depressive symptoms at this time include severe and prolonged vasomotor symptoms, chronic sleep disturbance, and stressful life events, and women with previous depressive disorder might be at increased risk of recurrence of a new depressive episode during the menopause transition
  • The menopause transition often coincides with important life stressors, health conditions, and role transitions that increase vulnerability to depression…”.

Health Care Provider

What if I feel more out-of-sorts than usual?

If you feel more anxious, more depressed, more stressed or more out-of-sorts than usual, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

 May 2024 Spotlights Mental HealthIn Menopause and Mental Health: Untangling Physical and Mental Health Symptoms Related To Menopause the Australasian Menopause Society elaborate on:

“Speaking with your doctor about your menopausal symptoms, life circumstances and clinical history can help them to recommend the best treatment options and lifestyle and behavioural changes for your situation”.

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Last Updated: 21 May 2024 – Last Revised: 12 May 2024