May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and for good reason. It is estimated that one out of every five adults experiences mental illness each year. While not all of these individuals require mental health services, this important issue deserves understanding and compassion from all. Spreading awareness through this cause is a key part of reducing the stigma so at-risk individuals can get the help they need.
The WhyCare? Campaign
Millions of people are challenged by mental illness. They shouldn’t have to confront these difficulties alone. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has launched the WhyCare? campaign to emphasize the importance of support and care.
Families, friends, and caregivers can have a tremendous positive impact on people with mental illness by providing understanding and love. When people feel cared for, they get the strength needed to confront their challenges — including mental illness.
Share Your Story
In addition to promoting care and positive relationships, Mental Health Awareness Month aims to help individuals dealing with mental illness realize they are not the only ones who struggle. When you share your own challenges and recovery story, it can give others much-needed encouragement. Your perspective could be just what someone else needs to make it through another day. Visit NAMI’s website to learn more about where you can share your experiences in a safe environment to provide hope to others.
In reality, mental health challenges should be treated just like physical health problems. There shouldn’t be a stigma about receiving mental health services. At OneEighty, we are committed to helping at-risk members of our community get the hope and healing they need.