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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 18, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is crucial that we are taking extra precautions on a daily basis to care for our mental health. The reality right now is that many people are struggling. Some ways we can care for our mental health is being vigilant in getting good sleep, moving our body as much as possible throughout the day, exploring meditation and breathing practices, creating and sticking to a daily/weekly routine, making our environment around us safe and comfortable, drinking plenty of water regularly and limiting alcohol consumption as much as possible. Limiting alcohol consumption is important for many reasons. Alcohol is a depressant, and it can make feelings of depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and aggression more prominent. Other mental and behavioral issues that people who drink alcohol excessively can experience include fear and feelings of discontent. Encouraging each other to avoid alcohol can contribute to healthy mental health and well-being. If you would like to hear more about what UNIDAD Coalition is doing in Hidalgo County to promote mental health awareness, please follow Facebook @bhsofsouthtexas

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