May is Mental Health Month
For the last 68 years, May has been designated as Mental Health Month in an effort to educate people that mental illnesses are as real as other physical illnesses, and that they can be treated effectively. By acting early and effectively, you could prevent many of these illnesses from progressing, or even occurring in the first place.
Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family. Here’s a few facts on mental illness in America from the National Alliance on Mental Illness…
People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.
Remember, mental health is essential for a person’s overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.
If you or a loved one needs help, please call 919.731.6255 to get more information. If this an emergency crisis situation, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255).