May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Since 1975, our YMCA Family Services branch has provided prevention and treatment services to individuals and families in need of support. During this crisis, our communities need us more than ever. YMCA Family Services continues to provide behavioral health services for existing patients through telehealth counseling sessions for children and adults in need of support, conducted by our licensed, professional staff. If you or someone you know is in need, please call: (631) 580-7777 ext. 3117.

Throughout our life, all of us will experience at least one mental health challenge. Yet, for millions of people, mental health issues are a daily struggle. In understanding these mental health challenges, we will be able to help and guide those that may be in crisis. And will the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unfolding, it is important for us all to educate ourselves and maintain a healthy mindset. You are not alone.

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Be Kind to Your Mind

 

The CDC recommends some tips to cope with stress during COVID-19.

    1. Pause. Breathe. Notice how you feel.

    2. Take Breaks from COVID-19 content.

    3. Make Time to sleep and exercise.

    4. Reach Out and stay connected.

    5. Seek Help if overwhelmed or unsafe.