Mental Awareness Month

Mental Awareness Month

Carsyn Hall

Mental Awareness Month
Carsyn Hall

Since 1949, the month of May has been known as mental health month in the United States by organizations such as NAMI and Mental Health America. The month is meant to focus on raising awareness about the importance of mental health, provide support, educate the public, advocate for policies that support people and their families, and to end the stigma around mental health disorders.

This year’s theme for mental health month is fitness, in which people are using the hashtag #4Mind4Body. This is meant to promote a healthy lifestyle in which we must take care of our minds just as much as we take care of our bodies.

Approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year, according to NAMI. In fact, this organization focuses on showing statistics and perspectives of different types of mental illnesses such as depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and many other illnesses some may suffer from. It includes why mental health matters, the ripple effect on other people, family, community, the world, and how it’s okay to discuss suicide.

Mental awareness month aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. 90% of people who die by suicide showed symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends, and medical professionals. Discussing disabilities prevents feelings of loneliness to the person suffering because it shows them that they are not alone. In fact, 4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.

The month of May is an important time to focus on some of the most common mental conditions to ensure victims are not alone and help is an option. The world should be more aware of what mental illness is, and what it means for the people who suffer from it.