Mental health is essential to one’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. One in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, and everyone faces challenges in life, such as the current pandemic, that can impact their mental health.

The good news is there are practical tools to improve mental health and increase resiliency – and there are ways to be supportive of friends, family and co-workers who are struggling and help them on the path to recovery.

One way to check in on yourself is to take the mental health screen at  It’s a quick, free, and private way to assess mental health and recognize signs of problems. Catholic Charities is joining Mental Health America in encouraging everyone to take a mental health screen and reach the goal of a million screens in May.  We will also be sharing statistics and tools – Tools2Thrive – all month long via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. 

Follow us! And, know that we are here to help if you need us. Mental illnesses are real and recovery is possible. You can find balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life and physical and mental health.