May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Since 1949, the month of May in America has been considered Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to create platforms throughout the country to bring awareness about mental health and mental illness. Outreach and educational efforts are made throughout the month of May from many different organizations using media, local events, and screenings to reach millions of people across America in an effort to end the stigma surrounding mental health and educate the public on mental illness and mental health issues.
Mental Health Awareness Month is an observance dedicated to the initiative that mental health is an issue that everyone should care about and be aware of so that they are aware of the struggles that many Americans face each day and every year. Throughout America, 1 in 5 people will face mental health or mental illness during their lifetime. However, millions more people also face issues and challenges in their lives that will ultimately have an impact on their mental health.
In terms of statistics, 20% of adults deal with a mental health issue or mental illness. Additionally, 5 percent of adults 18 or older experience a serious mental illness in any one year, which is equivalent to 43.8 million people. In the United States, 14.4% of adults have at least one disorder and 5.8% have two mental disorders. Additionally, 19.1% of adults in the United States experience any type of mental illness annually.
Some of the ongoing issues that can be caused by a mental health issue or mental illness or occur alongside mental health issues are substance use disorder, suicide, or ongoing disability. The impact of mental health on America also has far-reaching implications that can include a major impact on families, communities, the workplace, and the economy.
Mental health is something that everyone needs to be aware of, that they should feel no shame or stigma seeking help for, and that they should feel supported in attempting to manage or overcome. Each year, Mental Health Awareness Month attempts to bring this information to society, in order to lessen the current stigma of mental health and addiction and make sure people are able to receive the help that they need in times of crisis.
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