May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Treatment is effective, and recovery possible, for mental illness, yet millions of Americans still do not receive the mental health care they need.  In the US, only 41% of adults, with a mental health condition, and just over half of children 8 to 15 years of age, receive needed mental health services.  Since 1949, the month of May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month to specifically raise public awareness about mental health; to remove the stigma, fear, and misunderstanding about mental health, thereby encouraging treatment.

People often consider therapy, under the following circumstances:
•    They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness, and they lack hope in their lives.
•    Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function from day to day. For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their job performance suffers as a result.
•    Their actions are harmful to themselves or to others. For instance, they drink too much alcohol and become overly aggressive.
•    They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.

We provide more statistics and information on our facts sheets.  Please feel free to download and share with family, friends, and colleagues.

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Spanish:  May is Mental Health Month