Newsletter – Issue 14 – May 2021
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) (Wikipedia). In 2021, MHA will continue with its theme of Tools 2 Thrive, providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation (MHA). Examples of the tools include: Dealing with anger and frustration or Processing big changes.
It was established to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in American’s lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Its observation helps to reduce stigma, bring the community together, and provide education to help people with psychological illnesses. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives (May is National Mental Health Month).
Approximately one in five adults in the United States, 43.8 million, or 18.5% experiences a mental illness in a given year and approximately one five youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health disorder at some point during their lifetime (Fuller). It is important to take care of our minds as well as our bodies. Mental health is good for physical health and a well-balanced diet, exercise and sleep is good for mental health.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 eliminates the practice of unequal health treatment and improves access to much needed mental health and substance use disorder treatment services through more equitable insurance coverage (May is National Mental Health Month).
There are several ways to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. One way is to start a conversation with someone with a disorder is to ask how their treatment is going (5 Ways to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month). Reaching out to someone to see if you can be a support is a way to brighten someone’s day. Also, you can let the person know they are not alone. During this time when there has been a lot of isolation, it is more important than ever to make someone else feel supported. Raising awareness is about finding ways to make psychological wellness a priority.
May is National Mental Health Month. Youth.gov.
Fuller. K. (2018, May 6). May is Mental Health Month:#4Mind4Body. Psychology Today.
5 Ways to Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. New Method Wellness.
Mental Health Month 2021. Mental Health America.
Mental Health Awareness Month. (2021, March 3) In Wikipedia.
PSR Calendar for May
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