6 tips to get back to basics for mental health month

MHA Admin

Wed, 05/11/2022 – 12:41

By Danielle Fritze

This Mental Health Month, we’re going back to basics. After two years existing in a pandemic, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. This May, we aim to provide foundational knowledge about mental health and mental health conditions for people who might be experiencing symptoms for the first time. The basics can also serve as a good refresher for everyone – while 1 in 5 of us will meet the requirements for a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year, 5 in 5 of us have mental health.

Here are a few basics to start with:

Be Self-Aware

Not everyone experiences the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in the same way. It is important to have a sense of how you feel when your mental health is in a good place so you can notice early if things start to change. Take a moment to think about a time when you felt good about your life. What kinds of friendships did you have? What kind of work were you doing? What hobbies did you enjoy? What did your eating, exercise, and sleep routines look like?

Act if You Need Help

We all have tough days and weeks, and struggling with your mental health doesn’t automatically mean you have a mental health condition. However, if you experience changes in your thinking and emotions that seriously hurt your ability to do the things you want to do, especially over a long period of weeks or months, then it is time to get help.

Screen for Mental Health Conditions

A screen is a quick, free, and confidential way to determine if you might be experiencing signs of a mental health condition. A screening only takes a few minutes, and after you are finished you will be given information about the next steps you should take based on the results. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health. Visit mhascreening.org to get started.

Inform Yourself

Mental health deserves your attention just as much as your physical health does. Learning about the factors that affect mental health and the warning signs of different mental health conditions can help you catch problems early and take action. It’s also important to be up to speed about different types of treatment options as you seek help to improve your well-being.

Coping Skills are Key

Coping skills are ways to help you deal with difficult feelings. It’s important to figure out which coping skills work best for you and practice them often so that you’re better able to handle tough times when they happen. Not sure where to start? MHA can help. Learn about building your coping toolbox.

Say Something

If your mental health is suffering, you may feel alone, but you are not alone.. Chances are that someone you know has also had a mental health concern at some point. Talking about your mental health struggles to someone you trust can be a great relief and helps you build a support system. Check out these tips for starting a conversation.

Extra Tip: Check Out Our Mental Health Month Toolkit

Learn more about mental health by downloading our Back to Basics toolkit during Mental Health Month.

Danielle Fritze is the Vice President of Public Education and Design at Mental Health America.


The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will house a “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center, that will provide case management, mental health community advocacy, and oversight from the M.I. Mother’s Keeper mental health advocates. 
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Child Sex Assault Victim
Domestic Violence Victim
Drug Overdose
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and more…

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At Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center patrons with mental health emergencies that include life threatening situations in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function or is otherwise distraught and out of control, will have access to quality and psychiatric emergency services and referrals.

Physical Health

Whether your life threatening medical emergency involves excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, head injury. difficulty with breathing, severe pain, heart attack, vision impairments, stroke, physically collapsing, or seizure related, rest assured that our professionals will properly assess and evaluate the level of response that will be most needed to help provide stabilized care solutions and minimize complications as well as reduce early mortality.

Holistic Healthcare

We offer healthcare solutions that will support the whole person which includes their physical, psychological, emotional, social, & spiritual wellbeing. Research supports that because your mental state can affect your overall health we support and offer the inclusion of complimentary and alternative medicine(CAM) practitioners and naturopathic doctor recommendations and referrals as a part of our Outreach Community Resource Center’s care regimen and support.


Emergency care can typically result in traumatic injuries for which rehabilitation becomes an essential component of care in trying to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient. In addition to speeding up recovery times and helping to prevent further complications, rehabilitative care also helps to support a patient’s self-managed recovery once discharged from our facility. Our Outreach Community Resource Center works closely with our trauma center’s discharge department to assure that patrons requiring these services are linked with qualified professionals who will be accountable to the standard of care required to help the patron be successful in their recovery.

Social Services

Our “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center intends to promote “expansive” beneficial community enriching services, programs, case management, & linkage to “approved” partner resources and supports in all of the following intended areas and more:

Social Services

  • Clothing
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing/Shelter
  • I.D. Credentials
  • Senior Wellness Check
  • Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Etc.

Extended Family Services

  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Family Court Services
  • Legal Aide

Career Training

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer/Graphics Training
  • Culinary Program  
  • GED Courses
  • Hospitality Training
  • Job Etiquette & Grooming
  • Resume’ Prep
  • Sales Training
  • Software/Technology workshops
  • Small Business Training

Return Citizen
Program Partner
(Bridging the Gap)

  • Case Management
  • Temporary Boarding/Housing
  • Transitional Program Registration

Prevention/Intervention Outreach,
Workshops, & Programs

  • After-school Behavioral Health Program
  • Civic Engagement / Volunteer Sign-up
  • Fatherhood Rites of Passage
  • Gun Violence Town Hall Forum
  • Life Coaching & Coping Strategies
  • Marriage Counseling Workshops
  • Medicare Informational Workshops
  • Mentorship Training
  • Parental Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Town Hall Discussions
  • Violence De-Escalation Training
  • Voter Registration

Nutritional Outreach

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dietary Programs
  • Exercise Classes
  • Recipe Sharing Workshops
  • Meal Prep

Community Outreach

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is partnering with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health advocacy organization to provide outreach services on the community level as an aid in reducing the existent health inequities that many District citizens are facing as a direct result of the presence of debilitating social determinants and the lack of culturally appropriate care choices and realities for community members residing in marginalized and lower-income communities.

It is the vision and intentions of the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health Advocates organization to help improve the quality of living for citizens living in our Nation’s Capital and beyond by overseeing the delicate linkage to services and by maintaining higher standards of care accountability for deserving citizens of the Nation’s Capital.

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