This month, mental health organizations throughout the nation highlight the significance of mental health as part of one’s overall sense of well-being.
- Mental health is vital to well-being. While it’s more common to focus on our physical well-being—including the food we eat, our exercise levels and getting check-ups for vision and dental care—we may forget our psychological and emotional conditions.
- Stigma has no place. Mental health disorders impact people of every age, race, gender and social status. Just as with medical illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, there should be no shame in admitting to mental health problems and seeking help.
- Treatment makes a difference. Reaching out for assistance can greatly help improve life for a person coping with a mental health or substance misuse problem.
Help is available! Visit the Mind Your Mental Health website or contact your program to learn more about how to help yourself or someone you care about.
This month, Stamp Out Stigma recognizes mental health awareness. One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health condition within a given year. Youth mental health is worsening, with severe depression rates continually increasing. While this is important to address year-round, emphasizing mental health awareness during May provides a time for people to come together and help reduce mental illness stigma. With your help, we can bring awareness to the prevalence of mental health conditions in our communities. It’s our job to help end the stigma surrounding addictions and mental health by sharing resources and starting conversations. Remember, mental illness does not discriminate.
Here are some important facts you should know:
- Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition
- 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life
- In 2016, there were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19,362)
- Just over half (50.6%) of children with a mental health condition aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year
- Mental health workforce shortage
- An estimated 1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives