Letter from the Editors: Mental Health Awareness Month

We didn’t talk about our mental health growing up.

Or, those weren’t the words we used to describe our emotional state. We used terms like “being sensitive”, “nervous” or “feeling down”.

Sometimes the descriptors were often less graceful than that, especially when it came to longer-term mental health issues or conditions. We learned that big messy feelings take up a lot of space.

It wasn’t until adulthood that many of us learned to make space for them and find healthy coping strategies.

These experiences inform so much of our passion for the work we do at Healthline Media. Here we help people find the language to talk about health issues that often go unnoticed due to stigma.

We can provide an entry point to think and talk about our health and wellbeing in new ways and can help people find support to take the next step on this journey.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we are revamping our Mental Wellness Center to do just that.

This carefully curated selection is designed to take you on a journey – from taking preventative steps to protect your mental health, to recognizing the signs you may need extra support, to helping you manage a diagnosed mental health issue. .

At Healthline, our goal has always been to help create a stronger, healthier world through education and advocacy.

Mental health has always been at the heart of this vision, but it took on even more importance after we lost our dear friend and colleague, Jake Boos, to suicide in 2018.

Our collective grief has mobilized us – as a health and wellbeing organization and publisher – to invest in and expand our work in mental health to normalize open and vulnerable conversations about emotional wellbeing and to provide potentially life-saving resources to people who may be struggling.

When Psych Central joined the Healthline Media family in 2020, we had one goal in mind: to create a space for healing. This goal redoubles our commitment to mental health and helps us honor Jake’s legacy.

We launched Psych Central in the midst of the pandemic, racial strife, and a polarizing election. Like many of you, we were scrolling through the doom – inundated with all the reasons why the world would never be the same again.

We wanted to provide respite from any uncertainty. We wanted to be a source of truth among all the noise.

Psych Central has been around since 1995 — that’s over 25 years! The Founders recognized the need for a space to validate mental illness and provide our community with trusted resources on their path to recovery. We are honored to continue this mission.

Although mental health is a timeless subject, this work now takes on particular importance as the impacts of the ongoing pandemic, global conflicts and injustices here at home become clearer, especially for children and young adults.

In particular, we have seen how social media has played the precarious role of connector and insulator during this difficult time for many young people.

In May, Psych Central and Healthline are teaming up to focus on the unique mental health challenges young people and parents are currently facing as part of our Youth in Focus initiative.

Through this joint effort, we aim to shed light on these experiences and provide resources for families to take the next step, whether it’s learning to make sense of important and difficult feelings or to tools to help you find support.

We do this by providing resources for you, your families and loved ones so you can navigate your journey with reliable information and advice.

Some of our latest content includes:

Think of it as a deep dive into the important issues that are on the minds of parents, children, and families right now.

We hope you’ll join us on Healthline, Psych Central and our other sister sites, Medical News Today, Greatist, Bezzy and Healthgrades, as we amplify the importance of mental health this month – and every month.

Be well,

Faye McCray, Editor-in-Chief, Psych Central and Erin Edge, Editor-in-Chief, Healthline

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