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Mental Health Awareness & Witches

May 3, 2018

Greetings Hands of Change Friends,

Today I wanted to talk about something a little bit different then the typical sabbatt or magic post. As some of you may be aware, May is typically the month reserved for spreading around Mental Health Awareness. This act was started in 1949 by the Mental Health America Organization in order to raise awareness, signs and treatment options while spreading support and understanding of mental illnesses and defeating the stigma surrounding them. Health is important, but we often find the talk about health concerning our physical bodies, such as diet and exercise. The talk about mental health is still under the stigma of “something is wrong with them” or “they’re crazy and shouldn’t be allowed to care for themselves”.

”One in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it” (Nami.org).

Do these sound familiar?
– I don’t need to talk to a therapist, I have everything under control.
– I don’t want to take medication for something so simple.
– I can’t afford medication or therapy with my health insurance.

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Under health insurance companies, many of them offer little to no coverage for mental health, leaving those who really could benefit from these services and treatments without. With my personal experience, since I suffer from depression and minor anxiety, I have found finding coverage for these things difficult and have had to go without. I am sure there are several other instances as to why mental health awareness month is important to be talking about, but since this is a pagan coven blog, I’m going to get straight to the point.

What does Mental Health Awareness Month have to do with paganism and witchcraft?

Oh, glad you asked my friend. As witches and pagans, our craft relies heavily on our mental health believe it or not. There’s a popular belief that if you’re not in the healthy mental state, your spells, rituals and workings will not be as powerful or work as well. For example, if you wanted to run a marathon but you are out of shape, you could either train for the marathon and finish at a decent time or not train for it and finish closer to the last few individuals. It’s the same thing with workings and your mental health.

Did you just have a fight? Find out some bad news? If these responses from you will fuel your energetic workings correctly, then go for it. However, if you’re trying to send some healing energy and you’re feeling ready to punch something, you should hold off. Sending this angry energy to someone in need of healing could result in your healing not working or hurting them instead.

 

How To Help Yourself:
– Meditate once a day
– Recite positive mantras
– Clean your house (seriously, cleaning out negativity helps!)
– Exercise (raise those happy hormones)
– Talk to your doctor!
– Learn more about mental illnesses.
– Connect with others and share experiences.

How To Help Others:
– Ask if others are ok when they’re displaying concerning signs in person. If they don’t want to talk, don’t push it. Let them know you’re there for them.
– If someone makes an upsetting comment online, reach out to them. Again, if they don’t want to talk about it, don’t push.
– If you know someone with a mental health disorder, reach out to them prior to a triggering event and see what they would prefer you doing. When the time comes, you’re prepared.
– Show support or donate to a worthy cause in your loved ones honor/memory.

Quick Witchy Aid:
– Depression Crystals: lepidolite, tigers eye, smoky quartz, amethyst, unikite, sunstone, rose quartz.
– Repeat This Mantra: I am worthy of the love and life I so desire. I am worthy of living here in the now. I am loved. I am protected. I am beautiful.
– Drink Some Tea: chamomile, green tea, lemon balm, lavender and peppermint
– Light Some Incense: lavender, jasmine, ylang ylang, lemongrass and sandalwood.
– Reconnect with Nature (and get out of your own head!)

 

For More Statistics and Information, visit:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

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