Health & Wellness

MAY, 2022: MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

5.04.22

 

After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. National Mental Health Month raises awareness about mental illness and related issues in the United States.

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. It is a month where people all across the mental health community join together to help spread awareness around mental illness to let people know they are not alone. The stigma around mental illness makes it hard for some people to open up about the mental health issues they are dealing with; this is the reason that Mental Health Awareness Month is so important.

Mental illnesses affect 18.1% of Americans who suffer from various forms, including depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder — many struggle to live with the realities of these conditions and grapple with acquiring strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. Mental Health Awareness Month also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses, and strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses. With 1 in 5 adults struggling with mental health issues, it is an important topic that needs resources readily available.

Mental Health America has developed several “Tools 2 Thrive” which can be useful in helping to navigate mental health in daily life:

>  Owning Your Feelings

>  Finding the Positive

>  Eliminating Toxic Influences

>  Creating Healthy Routines

>  Supporting & Connecting with Others

Visit https://mhanational.org/tools-2-thrive for more information.