Tuesday, May 01, 2012

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  

The designation of Mental Health Awareness Month was created more than 60 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness and promoting good mental health for all.

During Mental Health Awareness Month professionals, organizations, schools, communities, hospitals and even media outlets will join together in an effort to raise the awareness about mental health and attempt to decrease the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need. If you have a mental illness or love someone who does, reach out to the many community resources and planned events this month. Link here for state and local MHA affiliates. And don't forget to wear Lime Green to show your support.

Remember, there is no shame living with a mental illness.


Wanda's Wings said...

I am glad the stigma is being improved.

Dr. Deb said...

You and me both, Wanda.


Sarebear said...

I'm going to try to do half of a screen free week, and then play board games, read from a book to my family each evening, clean & organize, and other stuff that is good for mental health; less computer time is as well; less tv, etc.

Exception being playing a movie and folding a ginormous amount of laundry, all three of us, while we watch it. Usually a wellloved movie that we don't need to pay attention every second. Since this is both family together time, and make a mindless chore more interesting time, I figure it's a fine exception to screen ree week (stupid keyboard is going.)


Jade said...

I think acceptance and education is increasing with this specific stigma. At least in CA it seems to be that way.
Hope life is treating you kindly.

Rose said...

It is so important to recognize this month and to inform others. So many young folks are going through stuff. They are suffering from depression and so much more. Thank you for keeping us enlightened.

Dr. Deb said...

Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments!