What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month is a national month-long observance that was first established in the United States in 1949. It focuses on raising awareness about and educating the general public on mental health and mental illnesses. The month is used to not only bring attention to the many different mental health conditions that people can struggle with but also to enforce the importance of getting help if you need it as well as shed light on mental health treatment options.
Why Mental Health Month is Important
Every year millions of Americans cope with mental health conditions, but although so many people are struggling, mental illness is sometimes considered a taboo subject. As a result, many people remain uneducated about the widespread nature of mental illness, how it presents itself, and the way it can adversely affect every aspect of someone’s life. Because of this lack of education as well as the stigma surrounding mental illness, many people never get the care they need. As a result, some people may go their whole lives struggling alone and get progressively worse. Mental Health Awareness Month is meant to help change that. By raising awareness and decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health, people can feel more comfortable talking about their anxiety or getting depression treatment if they need it.
How to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month
Whether you struggle with mental health issues yourself or know someone who does, you can celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in several different ways.
1. Get Involved
One way to observe Mental Health Awareness Month is to get involved in the efforts to spread information about mental health issues and the treatment options available. Contact a local clinic or non-profit organization that is already participating and volunteer. You can also use other resources at your disposal, such as social media, to spread awareness of mental health on your own.
2. Acknowledge Your Own Journey
Even if you haven’t formally struggled with a mental health disorder, everyone has their own unique journey with regard to their mental health. During the month of May, take some time to think about where you have been in the past and be grateful for the strides you have made. This is also the ideal time to think about any changes you want to make and/or goals you would like to set for the future.
3. Share Your Story
If you have struggled with a mental health condition, Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time to share your story if you are ready. Post on social media, open up to a loved one, or write a blog about your experiences. Chances are many of your friends and family are not aware of your struggles and your story can be eye-opening and impactful for them.
4. Reach Out for Help If You Need It
Especially because of the Covid-19 pandemic, people everywhere are struggling with their mental health. You are not alone. While it may seem intimidating, if you need help, ask for it. We offer on-site and virtual mental health care options to help you learn to manage your symptoms and improve your overall well-being. Make Mental Health Month the month you started your journey to healing. At Vertava Health, we want to be here for you. Contact us today to talk with our care team. Everything you say is confidential.