What to know about Mental Health Awareness Month
It’s hard to believe that May is already here. Summer is fast approaching and so are many great mental health and addiction events. The arrival of May also means more awareness around mental health. Yes, May is mental health awareness month so we have decided to share some information and statistics regarding mental health.
“Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors,” (Mayo Clinic). These conditions can affect a person’s ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis. They can interfere with a person’s life and make it hard to enjoy daily living.
“A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition,” (NAMI). Mental illnesses have become much more common and thus must be given proper attention. “1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected,” (NAMI).
Mental health conditions usually take shape early on, so it’s important for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Catching and treating a mental health condition early on is an essential part to starting recovery and improving outcomes. “50% of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24,” (NAMI). There are many mental health organizations in existence today, so it’s important to become aware of the different kinds of mental illness and look for any warning signs. At Ascent, we have all different ages of people using the Ascent solution for addiction and mental health conditions. All that matters is that you seek out that support system and get the help you need so you can begin your road to recovery.
A couple of weeks ago President Obama addressed mental illness in the United States as preparation for Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve,” (Whitehouse.gov).
Obama has been addressing mental health and addiction a lot over the past few months. This kind of awareness is great and needs to continue even after Mental Health Awareness Month ends. Together, we can eradicate the stigma around mental illness and addiction so that everyone suffering from these diseases seek out the treatment and help they need. Don’t ever be scared to speak out and get help.
If you or someone you know has a mental health or addiction story that you would like to share, do not hesitate to contact us. We are always open to sharing inspiring stories with our audience and there’s no better time than now. Contact us using the contact page at ascent.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.