May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and it feels more important this year than ever before. COVID-19 brought forth feelings of isolation, stress, and worry that many of us had never felt before.

This month, join 97X in continuing to #breakthestigma on mental and emotional health! What does that mean exactly? Well, it STARTS with talking about it. Whether you’re feeling upset and alone, or know someone who is, don’t be afraid to start those conversations. Send a text, call on Facetime, or hey…send a meme! Not being afraid to talk about how we feel is the first step to healing and getting help.

SELF-CARE! This is an important aspect of mental health you can focus on this month! We are juggling A LOT right now. Some of us are working from home, some of us are not working AT ALL, and some of us are just trying to figure out Zoom so we can finish school! Oh yeah…and all while going through a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. The weight of all of that is heavy. You may have found yourself tossing and turning at night, crying for no reason (guilty), or just walking around with a pit in your stomach. Find little moments in your day you can try and create peace for yourself. Whether it’s going on a walk with the PERFECT playlist, calling your Mom and venting, or just cooking something REALLY delicious and watching your favorite Netflix show, figure out making time FOR YOU looks like…and make it a priority every day. 

Over the next few weeks we will start to see signs of normalcy return, but it will still be a long process before any of us feel completely normal again. Especially if you’ve lost your job, or even lost a loved one. But remember, you are never alone, and you will ALWAYS have options. You make today better, and we need you! If you’re looking for help or resources, 97X has a partnership with To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit charity spreading awareness of depression and suicide in our community. Head over to their website, twloha.com for any information or help you may need.

You are not alone in your feelings right now. We’re in this together…even if it means #alonetogether.

In addition to TWLOHA, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is here for you. For more information and their resources, go to afsp.org. There, you can locate your nearest chapter, sign up for their “Out of the Darkness” Awareness walks, or find ways to become more educated on signs of depression. If you or someone you know needs urgent help, please contact 1-800-273-TALK

You can also follow along as we continue to team up with some of your favorite artists for interviews, live streams, and social media experiences to get us through tough times that unfortunately because the way things have been, feel lonelier than ever. And hey, got something on your mind? New music to share? WE ARE HERE! Drop us a DM and let’s start talking. (Twitter @97xonair Instagram: @97xonair Facebook: @97x)

Now let’s #BreakTheStigma.

With so much love,

Sam and the entire 97X family. 

 

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