1 in 5: Where Do You Fit In?

Image of LifeRing Mental Health word cloud with magnifying glassMay is National Mental Health Awareness Month

1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime and everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.  Since the pandemic, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being.

Since 1949, May has been recognized as National Mental Awareness Month. President Barack Obama proclaimed it official on April 30, 2014. The President called upon “citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

This year's theme is Take the Moment.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Take the Moment campaign encourages us to foster open dialogues, cultivate empathy and understanding and to share resources to support individuals and families on their journey toward mental wellness. LifeRing has taken up this challenge and currently offers four weekly online meetings for people diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.

Here are additional resources to consider during National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental Health America (MHA): Mental Health Tests

The MHA offers online screening tests to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition . Tests include:

      Depression  •  Psychosis  •  PTSD   •  Addiction  •  Bipolarity  •  Anxiety

(I tested “Addiction” and it’s likely I have an “Alcohol or Substance Use Problem.” That about sums it up!)
Take a test >>>

NAMI provides an excellent repository of information on their Warning Signs and Symptoms webpage including a video on the 10 Common Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions.
Watch it here >>>

Finding a Mental Health Care Provider

NAMI also posts a great blog about How To Find Mental Health Care Providers. This blog provides an easy to follow plan to help you find, engage, and build a relationship with your therapist.

The MHA offers a webpage rich with information about Finding the Right Clinical Mental Health Care For You. This includes

  • Where can I go for help?
  • Which mental health professional is right for me?
  • How to engage with your mental health professional
  • Types of treatment
  • Am I getting the help I need?
  • What about self-help/support groups

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the US's primary federal agency for medical research.  It's part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is made up of 27 institutes and centers. The NIH's mission is to improve health, save lives, and reduce illness and disability. They offer the Help for Mental Illness resources webpage including a link to Tips for Talking With a Health Care Provider.

The University of California (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides a list of mental health providers some of whom have identified themselves as specializing in treating particular populations.
Explore the options >>>

National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):  Free National Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar

May 22 at 1:00pm to  2:30pm Eastern Time | Join SAMHSA and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Third Annual Commemoration of National Mental Health Awareness Month free webinar on Wednesday, May 22nd from 1:00pm to 2:03pm Eastern Time. This free webinar  will provide a general overview of mental health issues and offers participants an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in mental health resources for HUD-assisted communities. Attendees will receive slides and a mental health resource list after the event.

Participants will learn:

Click here to register  >>>

LifeRing Co-Occurring Disorders Focus Meetings: *     

Tuesdays, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Pacific Time
Crazy Talk –  Co-Occurring Disorders Meeting |  Zoom Meeting ID: 824 4745 9868 | Passcode: lifering
Open Camera Meeting – Attendees are asked to keep their video-feed on

Thursdays, 6:30pm to 7:30pm Pacific Time
Strange Attractors – Co-Occurring Disorders Meeting  |  Zoom Meeting ID: 865 9185 9455 | Passcode: lifering
Open Camera Meeting – Attendees are asked to keep their video-feed on

Sundays, 9:00am to 10:00am Pacific Time
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Co-Occurring Disorders Meeting  |  Zoom Meeting ID: 869 2822 3501 |  Passcode: lifering
Open Camera Meeting – Attendees are asked to keep their video-feed on

Sundays, 5:00pm to 6:00pm Pacific Time
Manic Sunday – Co-Occurring Disorders Meeting  |  Zoom Meeting ID: 883 4266 7574 | Passcode: lifering
Open Camera Meeting – Attendees are asked to keep their video-feed on

* All meeting names are chosen by the current convenor. 

Catch a LifeRing online meeting >>> 

There are times when you need more than a recovery meeting. We urge you to call or visit one of these crisis resources for help. Crisis Resources


Help us help others. Your donations allow LifeRing to support new focus meetings for people in recovery who are diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. Thank you!

For other ways you can contribute to LifeRing, please consider being a LifeRing Volunteer or a LifeRing Convenor.


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