May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Background Information

May is the month to spread awareness about the importance of mental health. Mental health awareness month means that there is emphasis placed on providing support and breaking stigmas associated with mental illness and seeking treatment.
Everyone has mental health, whether it be positive or negative. It’s important to focus on that health before an illness can come about. This is very similar to regular bodily health. When an individual is feeling a little sick, they seek help from a doctor; the same thing should happen with one’s mind.

Each year there is a different theme for this special month. This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Month is “More than Enough”. This theme allows everyone an opportunity to come together and appreciate their self worth. This theme is meant to encourage all people, regardless of their background in any context.

Mental Health Facts/Statistics

  • In the U.S., more than 1 in every 5 adults struggle with mental illness
  • About 55% of adults with mental illness do not receive treatment
  • Over time, mental health conditions have only been worsening
  • 42.5 million adults in the U.S. deal with anxiety disorders
  • About 300 million U.S. adults are affected by depression
  • Gender roles, unfortunately, play a part in mental health; men are less likely to discuss and speak up about mental health.

How to Get Involved/Participate

  • Attend/host awareness events.
  • Educate yourself
  • Focus on self-care
  • Share personal stories
  • Volunteer at local organizations
  • Simply check in with friends and family
  • Seek a therapy appointment (it’s always good to check in on yourself)
  • Discuss and speak up
  • Be supportive