May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Today the sail is set on a month-long journey of awareness and advocacy to reflect on mental health and the roads traveled. Mental health is not only about what happens within us but is also influenced by the world around us, including physical environments and the infrastructure connecting us.

From bustling city streets to the tranquil park walking and bike trails, your surroundings play a crucial role in shaping your mental well-being. Access to safe and well-maintained roads, sidewalks, and public transportation can significantly impact daily life, providing paths for connection, recreation, and access to essential services.

Yet, the state of infrastructure does not just affect physical mobility, it also affects mental health. For example, poor infrastructure maintenance, limited access, and restricted transportation options can lead to increased stress and isolation, especially for those in underserved communities. Conversely, well-maintained, well-planned, and accessible transportation systems can enhance a sense of safety, belonging, and connectedness, fostering healthier and happier communities.

As we advocate for mental health awareness and support, let us also advocate for equitable access to transportation infrastructure. By investing in sustainable and inclusive transportation solutions, environments can be created that promote mental well-being for all.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in the month of May, prioritize self-care, destigmatize mental health conversations, and work together to build a more compassionate and supportive society.

Here are some tips on how to positively impact your mental health and better understand how environments affect it.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please call or text 988, chat at 988lifeline.org, or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741. Help is available.

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