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Embracing Mental Health Awareness: Navigating May's Challenges with Kindness and Support

Updated: May 8

As we begin the month of May, we see the nice weather, the flowers starting to bloom, and people spending more time outside with their loved ones at games or family events. However, for some people, May is another month of difficulty. May is National Mental Health Awareness month. When a person is struggling with a mental health issue, the beautiful weather and all the happy people just serves to make that person feel worse. None of us ever know what somebody is going through, so we have to try to be kind to everyone.

Here at Cornerstone, May 7 will be the one year anniversary of Bryan Flint‘s tragic passing. Everyone here has been affected by Bryan‘s death and this month will be a difficult one. His absence has been felt in so many ways. 

Personally, May was already hard for me as both of my parents died during this month. I was lucky that I had a strong family support system and supportive coworkers during both times. But not everybody has that and sometimes people aren’t able to “just get over it”. If you know someone who is struggling with mental health issues, please reach out to them and offer your support for them to get help and say a prayer for them to have the strength to work through their problems. I would also ask you to think about their families who deal with issues of their own. Again, be kind even when it can be very difficult. Sometimes a friendly smile or a hello to a stranger can make all the difference.

Peace and love,


Sharon Redfern

Executive Director

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