Since 1949, the United States have observed May as National Mental Health Month, bringing to light the epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Mental Health America, along with other organizations, dedicates the entire month to share information on how to achieve positive mental health, provide helpful resources, and to bring awareness to the topic of mental health.
What is Mental Health?
According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being; It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It’s important to take steps to maintain mental wellness as well as take advantage of resources that are available to become educated on the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Mental Health Statistics:
Today, mental illness affects all genders, ages, and races across the country: