May is Mental Health Month, and it has never been more important than this year.

Until now, there were still some people who believed that mental health wasn’t everyone’s concern. They thought that our annual mental health resources – even though they were shared with millions – were aimed at just a small group of people – the one in five who have a mental health concern in any given year.

That isn’t the case today.

Just weeks ago, we had no idea that all our worlds were going to be turned upside down by the coronavirus. Or that the associated worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety would be something that literally everyone – all five in five – would experience.

HCM is here for you: Body, Mind and Soul

HCM Chaplin’s are here for you, please call 830.990.6125, read below an inspirational message from our Chaplin.

A Coronavirus Age

Below are encouraging words from C.S. Lewis, written 72 years ago, after the first atom bomb was dropped.  The word coronavirus has been inserted to replace the atom bomb.

“In one way, we think a great deal too much of the coronavirus. ‘How are we to live in a coronavirus age?’ … Do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the coronavirus was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways … It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by the coronavirus, let that virus, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things — praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts [and I’ll add, serving our neighbors in our healthcare facilities]— not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about viruses. They may break our bodies (any microbe can do that), but they need not dominate our minds.”  

 — C.S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948).

Thank you for continuing to help and love your neighbors in the service of HCM.

May God help you be a source of peace, life, love, help, levity, grace and hope for yourself, your family, friends and neighbors, and those you serve.

A message on self-care: 

Community Resources

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has locations throughout Central Texas and help connect you with information and resources on mental health.

MHA, Mental Health America, believes that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process, and we’re committed to addressing mental health B4Stage4.

If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, visit mhascreening.org to check your symptoms.