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Guest Post: May is Mental Health Awareness Month


On May 11, 2022 we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day as part of Mental Health Awareness Month to spread awareness, hope and help to millions of Americans who live with mental health conditions. We also share our appreciation to the caregivers and medical practitioners who support them.


Mental health awareness is to help those with mental illnesses understand that they are not alone in their struggles and that getting treatment can make all the difference.


Mental health is a part of our overall health. Many people have experienced many mental health symptoms through the pandemic resulting from fear and isolation. Whether a lifelong struggle or resulting from struggles with changes in circumstance, when we live with a mental condition, it is common to feel nobody understands.


It is essential to understand what mental health is and its symptoms so you can find a professional treatment or perhaps reach out to people around you for support. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], "Mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others."


For too long, mental health stigma has silenced those living with mental health conditions. You are not alone on your journey. Don’t be afraid to speak up and reach out for help.


IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS:

  • Text “MHA” to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Spanish speakers call : 1-888-628-9454.

  • Deaf & hard of hearing/TTY users: use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255

To visit the NAMI website for a brief overview of common mental health conditions, their symptoms, treatment and support resources, click here.



References: https://nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month

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