Green Ribbon Campaign
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Join us by tying a green ribbon to your mailbox, door, newspaper tube, trees or lamposts on your property. Celebrate diversity and awareness for those with mental illness.
Everyone has mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines mental health as:
A state of well-being in which a person realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
The CDC defines mental health conditions as: Health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some
combination of those) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.
1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth have a mental health condition
Causes of mental illness, emotional or behavioral disruption.
- Trauma. When people experience trauma at an early age, it can cause long-term changes in how their brains respond to fear and stress. These changes may lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, etc.
- Genetics. Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, can run in families.
- Life circumstances. Marital status, relationship changes, financial standing, and where a person lives influence whether a person develops depression or other situational-related mood disruptions.
- Brain changes. Imaging studies have shown that the frontal lobe of the brain becomes less active when a person is anxious or depressed. Depression is also associated with changes in how the pituitary gland and hypothalamus respond to hormone stimulation.
- Other medical conditions. People who have a history of sleep disturbances, medical illness, chronic pain, anxiety, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to develop additional (comorbid) disorders including depression, OCD, anxiety, and Complex PTSD. Some medical syndromes (like hypothyroidism) can mimic depressive disorder. Some medications can also cause symptoms of depression, hallucinations, insomnia, heart palpitations., etc.
- Drug and alcohol misuse. 21% of adults with a substance use disorder also experienced a major depressive episode in 2018. Co-occurring disorders require coordinated treatment for both conditions, as alcohol can worsen depressive symptoms.
Some Warning Signs:
- Loss of interest or loss of pleasure in all activities
- Change in appetite or weight
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling agitated or feeling slowed down
- Feelings of low self-worth, guilt or shortcomings
- Feeling hopeless, helpless or trapped
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Alcohol or drug-seeking behavior
- Self-harming behaviors
- Suicidal thoughts or intentions
Show your support, make it ok to not be ok and end the silence and stigma around mental health. We look forward to seeing the pictures of your green ribbons flying proudly outside your home, school or workplace. If you need a ribbon or 2, we will have them available in our office, along with a packet of informational materials and giveaways. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve yours.
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