Mental Health Awareness Month

Throughout the month of May, groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), OneEighty, and the rest of the country is raising awareness on mental health.

Every year, mental health services in Wayne County and Holmes County fight the stigma surrounding mental health illnesses, provide support for those who suffer, educate the public, and advocate for policies aimed at helping people with mental health issues and their families.

Millions of Americans suffer from a mental health disorder and throughout 2018 NAMI’s theme for Mental Health Month is “CureStigma.”

With a focus on the stigma that still surrounds people who suffer from a mental health issue, mental health organizations are setting their sights this May on curing the stigma. The perception of mental health and people who suffer won’t change unless we act to do so. By increasing empathy, compassion, and understanding of mental health issues and those who suffer we all can cure the stigma surrounding this important issue.

Curing the stigma is vitally important. The stigma surrounding mental health illnesses can shame people into silence, prevents many from taking the steps towards recovery, makes them afraid of asking for help, and unfortunately leads to lives needlessly lost.

By joining with groups like NAMI and OneEighty, you too can help #CureStigma surrounding mental health.

During Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond, educate yourself and others on mental health issues, help someone get the help they need, or support your local mental health organization. Through raising awareness, we can #CureStigma and better lives.