May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 46.6 million American adults – or one in five people – struggles with mental illness in a given year. Their statistics also state that among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience substance use disorders, 50.5% – that’s 10.2 million adults – had a co-occurring mental illness.
Despite the prevalence of mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and PTSD, and the frequency of dual diagnoses with substance abuse, there is still a stigma surrounding mental illness that continues to make many people unwilling to accept the help they need to turn their lives around. The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month, celebrated annually throughout May, is to help erase the stigma and shame and encourage the national conversation around treating mental illnesses.
Mental Health Awareness Month 2019
Though the need for greater awareness surrounding mental health issues sounds like a thoroughly modern idea, you may be surprised to learn Mental Health Awareness Month has been a national observance since 1949. That means this year’s celebration is the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental Health America says the goal of this year’s event is to deepen the 2018 theme, “Fitness 4Mind 4Body,” which spotlights the link between physical and mental health. The 2019 awareness month will promote a variety of ways to nourish mental health, including through social connection, leisure time and therapeutic animal companionship. You can participate in the mental health conversation on social media this May by using the hashtags #4Mind4Body and #MHAM2019.
The Importance of Mental Health
Our bodies and minds act as one unit, and we must prioritize our emotional and psychological well-being just as much as we take care of our bodies. Mental health is essential for our physical health and vice versa. A well-balanced diet, a healthy sleep schedule, exercise and hydration all affect both our mental and physical health equally.
Studies have shown individuals who have chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or autoimmune disorders are more likely to receive a diagnosis of a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety.
Change Your Health, Change Your Habits
This month, Mental Health America and NAMI have challenged everyone to make small, positive changes in your life that can benefit your mental and physical health. Track these changes and inspire others by sharing your progress on social media. You may be excited to see how much positive impact one seemingly minor change can have on your life.
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