The first full week of May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the state of Arkansas, per Act 290. The focus of Mental Health Awareness Week is to bring awareness to mental health and mental illness, combat stigmas and misunderstandings associated with mental illness, and to provide support and resources to those who experience or know someone who experiences mental illness. 

"Mental health" is a phrase that is becoming really common. You've likely heard it at school, on the news, or especially on social media. It's time to have an honest conversation about what that means, how that can impact life, and what can be done about it.

Mental health includes many parts of a person's overall well-being.

  • Emotional well-being includes feelings about things and/or circumstances that a person experiences. 

  • Psychological well-being references a person's thoughts and behavior, and how thoughts and behavior impact each other. 

  • Social well-being is relating to and interacting with others in a healthy way. 

 You matter, and so does your mental health! It takes great strength to ask for help.
The crisis text line was created to provide a resource for young people to access in case they needed someone to talk to about mental health, crisis situations, etc.

If you need someone to talk to, text HOME to 741741, and a trained volunteer crisis counselor will be there for you, and this is available 24/7.
The 988 Lifeline is a 24/7 network available for suicide prevention.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call 988 for help on what steps to take to keep yourself or someone you know safe.