One in 4 adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Note the emphasis on “diagnosed.” If we take into account every man and woman who is suffering in silence, alone, Americans living with mental health conditions is far greater than 25 percent. Unfortunately, the stigma still attached to mental illness discourages people from seeking help. It’s for this reason this month is so important.
May is Mental Health Month, sponsored by Mental Health America, the country’s leading non-profit dedicated to helping people lead mentally healthier lives.
If you would like to help raise awareness about mental health, support one or both of this year’s campaigns:
- Do More for 1 in 4, a call to action to help the 1 in 4 American adults who live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that they can go on to live full and productive lives.
- Live Well: It’s Essential for Your Potential, focusing on 10 science-based tools for managing stress and helping you relax, grow and flourish.
For details on how you can help – including suggested posts for Twitter and Facebook – check out the official website of Mental Health America.
And if you or someone you know is living with a mental health condition, refer to the following resources on:
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and Stress
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Grief and Loss
- Personal Wellness
- Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome