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Celebrating Mother’s Day During Mental Health Awareness Month

May 10, 2024

May is a month of profound significance. As we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we also celebrate Mother’s Day — a time to honor the nurturing figures in our lives. For those of us in the healthcare community, this convergence presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the vital intersection of maternal care and mental health.

Mothers and mother figures often stand as pillars of strength and resilience, shouldering emotional burdens with a smile to ensure that their children and families thrive. Yet, beneath this veneer of invincibility, many mothers grapple with their own mental health challenges. The responsibilities of motherhood can sometimes amplify these struggles, making it essential for our community to support their well-being with as much vigor and commitment as they care for ours.

As a healthcare community, we witness firsthand the impacts of mental health challenges on mothers — from postpartum depression to anxiety and beyond. This Mother’s Day, let’s change the narrative by:

Promoting Open Conversation. Encouraging discussions about mental health can destigmatize these issues, allowing mothers to seek help without fear of judgment.

Educating & Informing. Providing resources and information that can help mothers understand and manage their mental health needs.

Offering Robust Support Systems. Ensuring that mothers have access to mental health services through our facilities and programs, and guiding them toward the right support networks.

     Stories of Resilience & Recovery

The merging of Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother’s Day is also a time to share and uplift with stories of resilience. Whether you are aware or not, a lot of strong women within our healthcare family have reached out for mental health support; they are living amazing lives of health and wellness. They tell their stories and encourage others to do the same. If you have benefited from seeking support from a professional or from a friend for your mental health, talk about it. Telling your story of mental health and resilience destroys the stigma of seeking help by proving strong women reach out for support.

     Celebrating Every Mother

This Mother’s Day, as we continue to work and support the physical and mental health of West Tennessee, let’s commit to being more attentive and supportive of the mental health needs of every mother and mother figure we encounter, be they colleagues, family members, patients or clients. Let’s honor them not only with flowers and cards but with meaningful support that acknowledges this dual celebration and challenge of Mother’s Day during Mental Health Awareness Month.

To every mother in our community, know that your health — both physical and mental — is as important to us as it is to you and your family. Your strength inspires, your resilience astounds, and your courage asks the rest of us what we possibly have to be afraid of. This month, and all year, we stand with you in all the roles you play, wishing you a heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day filled with love, recognition, and wellness.

Your mental health is every bit as important as your physical health. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsteady, schedule an appointment with Pathways Behavioral Health.

Or, reach out to our Psychiatry & Counseling Office at 1270 Union University Dr. (same building as our Thomsen Farms primary care)
Phone #: 731-265-6450. All Pathways Locations.


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