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Since 1949, the month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month.

It was founded by the National Association for Mental Health (now known as Mental Health American Organization) to raise awareness, educate the public, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. These include conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, eating disorders, disruptive behavior, and dissocial disorders.

  • 1 out of 8 people in the world live with a mental disorder
  • Mental disorders involved significant disturbances in thinking, emotional regulation, or behavior
  • There are many different types of mental disorders
  • Prevention and treatment options exist
  • Many people don’t have access to effective care

Mental Health Awareness Month is vitally important to increase the public’s understanding of mental health and how mental health problems can be prevented. For many years, mental health has been ignored, hidden away, and never spoken about, but this month makes sure that this topic is focused on and that it remains at the center of public conversation.

There is so much stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, so raising awareness can help reduce these issues. This is also a great opportunity to refocus on self-care and to prioritize your physical and mental health, which are equally important

Mental health problems affect adults, but children, teenagers, and young adults. If you know someone who is in recovery, support them. If you know someone who needs to get help, find tips on starting the conversation and ensure they are comfortable talking. If you have or believe you have a mental health problem, the best way is to discuss these issues with others. Learn to develop a recovery plan and a strong support system.

Benefits:

  • Reduced presenteeism and long-term absenteeism
  • Prevention of mental health crisis
  • Improved morals and attitude
  • Reduced feeling of burnout
  • Improved physical health
  • Increase Productivity
  • Improved resilience

**This blog is credited to Kai Paim (Class of 2024, ME)**