Mental Health Awareness Month Focuses on Physical Health Issues

mental health matters cardDespite outreach campaigns, changes in insurance law, and increasing public awareness of mental health issues, mental health concerns remain stigmatized. This stigmatization can be seen on television when the “mentally ill” are treated as a distant population, and in real life when people who struggle with mental health challenges are too embarrassed to seek treatment. This May’s Mental Health Awareness Month aims to change that.

Mental Health Matters

Mental health isn’t a distant concern that people you don’t know face. Instead, almost everyone knows someone with a mental health challenge. About a quarter of all adults experience a mental health condition every year, with mood and anxiety challenges among the most common mental health issues. People with mental health concerns sometimes feel labeled and even bullied, and the media is quick to blame them for violent events. The reality, though, is that people with mental health concerns are more likely to be crime victims than perpetrators.

Mental Health Awareness Events

Mental Health America has been the organizer of Mental Health Awareness Month for more than six decades, and this year the organization is spotlighting the connection between mental and physical health. MHA will be publishing an assortment of fact sheets providing information on common mental health concerns.

From May 4 through 10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration spotlights children’s mental health. SAMHSA encourages young social media users to get in on the action by discussing mental health support using the hashtag #Igetsupportfrom.

GoodTherapy.org’s Blogging Event

GoodTherapy.org is committed to highlighting mental health challenges and helping our readers find the help they need and deserve. We’ll be listing blog posts from our readers about mental health all month. All you need to do is post an entry about any mental health topic to your blog during the month of May. Then tweet us at @good_therapy using the hash tag #mentalhealthmatters, or email us at mentalhealthmatters@goodtherapy.org. Find more details here.

Almost everyone knows someone who struggles with mental health concerns, and GoodTherapy.org hopes to use this month to highlight the struggles common to people who deal with mental health challenges.

If you’re interested in beginning therapy and finding a compatible therapist, you can look on the GoodTherapy.org therapist directory for mental health professionals in your area. Click here to begin your search. Don’t forget to specify which issue(s) you’d like help with!

References:

  1. May is Mental Health Month. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
  2. The numbers count: Mental disorders in America. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml

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  • thelma d

    thelma d

    May 2nd, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    It can be so sad when you realize the thousands of people who could possibly use some sort of support and counseling and yet they never get that treatment because they are too afriad of what others might think about them if they do. There are so many incredible resources which could help so many and many go under utilized for that reason.

  • calledtoquestion

    calledtoquestion

    May 3rd, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Mental health is critical in our society as more and more people are suffering from it. It is great to be able to find information, as can be found here, and the awareness it creates. Mental health is so often overlooked and undermined that victims of it often find themselves at a loss, misunderstood and even accused of some fault that is no fault of their own. Thank you for creating the awareness that you have and for advocating the needs of those who struggle with mental health. I myself will strive to create awareness this month to those around me hopefully instilling a sensitivity in those that I am in communication with. Keep up the good work.

  • Calista

    Calista

    May 8th, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    I know that the big thing now is to jump on the bandwagon and assume that many more people have access to mental health care because of the big federal insurance overhaul. But this is really lacking in this area because how many people do you know who can afford to even meet the deductibles before they can get access to that care? I am not quite sure that this is still the answer. It is a start but there are still many many people who are hurting and can’t receive care because of lack of money and it makes me ill to think of all of those who continue to hurt because insurance companies rule the roost here in the US when it comes to care and who gets what.

  • Gus

    Gus

    May 9th, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Letting others know that there are people just like us who are living under this disease every day is just the sort of promotion of the topic that is needed. We can’t continue to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that this doesn’t touch us- it affects us all because we all know someone whether we know it or not who is struggling with this daily.

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