May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

This May, you can understand the importance of mental health by recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month helps community leaders and members recognize, share, and understand mental health initiatives throughout the month of May.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 20 percent of adults in the U.S. have at least one mental health condition. However, less than half of qualified Americans get treated for their mental health problems.

Getting help for your mental health can improve your quality of life and your relationship with others.

Participating In Mental Health Awareness Month

You can participate in Mental Health Awareness Month by posting on social media, using relevant hashtags, and sharing information about mental wellness with your loved ones.

You can also check nonprofit organizations and local addiction recovery boards to find out about webinars, fundraisers, and events happening near you.

Recognizing Mental Health Issues

Poor mental health can affect your daily mood, your relationships, your performance at school or work, and your overall well-being.

  • About 50 percent of people who have serious mental disorders may also suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Some of the mental health disorders you may learn about during Mental Health Awareness Month may include:
    major depressive disorder (MDD)
  • bipolar disorder
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • eating disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • borderline personality disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • one or more of these disorders combined with substance abuse (co-occurring disorders)

Your local community leaders may create content based on these mental health conditions or others, based on the needs of your community.

By recognizing these mental health conditions and others, you can also understand how to help people struggling with these conditions, especially family members, close friends, and loved ones.

Celebrating Mental Health Recovery

Mental health care is essential to managing and improving your mental well-being. An effective mental health care system can teach you how to deal with stressors, take care of your mental health, and practice self-care during your daily life.

Your local community may promote mental health care services in your area during Mental Health Awareness Month, including local helplines, behavioral therapy, counseling services, peer support groups, wellness programs, and children’s mental health services near you.

Substance Use & Mental Health

Co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems can be harmful if left untreated. Substance abuse can worsen your mental health problems, and vice versa.

If you or a loved one need effective dual diagnosis treatment in Massachusetts, pleaes contact Spring Hill Recovery Center today.

  1. National Alliance on Mental Illness — Mental Health Month
  2. National Institute of Mental Health — Digital Toolkit for Mental Health Awareness Month
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — Mental Health Awareness Month | SAMHSA

Written by Spring Hill Recovery Editorial Team

Published on: May 3, 2023

© 2024 Spring Hill Recovery | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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