Volunteering is Good for Your Mental Health

Posted on December 12, 2022

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Blue Bird - Montgomery Mental Health Initiative LogoDecember is not just the holiday season; it’s also the month of giving back. Many people donate to their favorite charity this time of year, but you can also donate your time. Volunteering can be a positive step toward improving your mental health.

  • Reducing Stress – relax and volunteer at an activity that you enjoy doing.
  • Increasing Happiness – A 2020 study conducted in the United Kingdom found those who volunteered reported being more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better.
  • Developing Confidence – Volunteering is an opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.
  • Finding Purpose – Dedicating time to a cause can give you new direction and allow you to find meaning in something unexpected.

For a list of local volunteer opportunities, including volunteering with the City of Montgomery, go to montgomeryohio.gov/volunteer

-National Alliance on Mental Illness

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