Mental health month: Learn the facts; fight the stigma
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as it draws to a close, I wanted to share an excerpt from an article I found on AL.com that includes some excellent points about the irrational stigmas our society still attaches to many mental health issues, as well as some statistics about mental health. Please check out this excerpt, and I hope you’ll click the link below to read the full article. And if you’ve been struggling with a mental health issue and haven’t felt comfortable admitting it, give me a call. It’s time for a change.
We don’t blame those with asthma, diabetes or cancer for their illness and we aren’t afraid to discuss it either. Why do we treat mental illness so differently? We are sympathetic and patient about diseases that affect the mind such as Alzheimer’s, but we often have a fear and bias towards someone with mental illness. But we are no more in control of our bodies natural predisposition to mental illness than we are the condition of our other vital organs.
As a society we must get past our preconceived fears and discuss this important issue. Here are a few resources to get you started.
Mental health statistics:
Mental health problems are actually very common. The statistics below are according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011, about:
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
- One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression