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  • Matt McTeague

Why Mental Health Awareness Month Matters

Updated: May 29

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This special time each year is dedicated to helping people learn more about mental health issues. 

It aims to educate the public about the resources and support available for those struggling with mental health problems. Additionally, it seeks to reduce the stigma and negative attitudes that are often associated with mental illness. 

But why is Mental Health Awareness Month so important?

Mental health impacts everyone

Statistics show that the percentage of adults reporting severe thoughts of suicide is – over 12.1 million adults. Mental health problems affect not just strangers but also our families, friends, coworkers, and even ourselves. Mental health issues are prevalent, touching the lives of many people we know and care about. 

Here are some damning stats:

  • 48 million have an anxiety disorder

  • 21 million have major depression

  • 9 million have post-traumatic stress disorder

  • 7 million have bipolar disorder

  • 80 % of us go through a diagnosable Mental Health Crisis at some time in our adult life

By talking openly about mental health, we can help create a more supportive and understanding environment for everyone. This openness can encourage those struggling to seek help and can foster a community where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.

Why mental health awareness matters

Mental health is an integral part of overall health. Just like physical health, various factors can impact mental health, and experiencing a mental health condition is nothing to be ashamed of. Mental Health Awareness Month serves several crucial purposes, including:

  • Many people suffer in silence because of the stigma linked to mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month encourages open conversations about mental health. It normalizes seeking help and works to break down the negative stereotypes about mental health.   

  • Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to teach people about different mental health conditions. It helps everyone learn the signs and symptoms of these conditions and understand the various treatment options available. With this knowledge, people can better recognize when they or someone they care about might need help.  

  • Mental Health Awareness Month helps people understand more about mental health and brings everyone together. It creates a sense of community and support, reminding people they are not alone. 

Taking action about mental health awareness

To create more awareness on the topic:

  • Educate yourself: Take the time to learn about different mental health conditions and how to spot them in yourself and others.

  • Spread the word: Talk openly about mental health with the people in your life, like your friends, family, and coworkers.

  • Challenge the stigma: If you hear someone saying mean things about mental illness, speak up and explain why it's not okay.

  • Seek help if you need it: If you're having a hard time with your mental health, don't be scared to ask for help from a professional. It's okay to get support when you need it.

Speak up and break the stigma!

Mental health is important all around the world, and it takes everyone working together to make sure people feel safe asking for help. We all need to talk more about mental health and support those who need it. By doing this, we can create a society where everyone feels comfortable and supported when dealing with mental health issues. 

If you or someone you love is facing mental health challenges, silence is not the solution. By reaching out for help, you are one step closer to understanding your challenges and overcoming them. Get help now to access a range of services designed to support and improve your mental health. 


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