Mental Health Awareness Month
With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it's critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. That's why for Mental Health Month this year, Mental Health America is getting back to basics. The resources and information on this page are provided by Mental Health America.
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, with symptoms starting by age 24 for the majority of people.
THE HISTORY OF MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by Mental Health America (MHA) (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). It began as Mental Health Week launched in collaboration with the Jaycees to educate Americans about mental illness and mental health.
WHO NEEDS TO LOOK AFTER THEIR MENTAL HEALTH?
Everyone! Mental health is important for all of us. Taking care of yourself is critical to prevent your mental health from worsening – factors like nutrition and gut health, stress, sleep, relationships, trauma, and more can contribute to poor mental health. If your mental health is in a good spot, it is a great time to practice coping skills – ways to help you deal with hard feelings – so that you're better able to handle tough times when they happen.
If you’re concerned about your mental health or just want to check in with yourself, take a screen here.
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