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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 8, 2018
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
May was coined Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 by Mental Health America, a national organization addressing the needs of people with any type of mental illness.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month.
Why this cause is important:One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.
Campaign manifesto:There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.
More Resources for Mental Health Month:
- Mental Health America highlights the theme “Fitness #4Mind4Body.” Download their toolkit, join the social media campaign, and more at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
- National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) also celebrates the theme “Fitness #4Mind4Body” with a list of resources at https://naricspotlight.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/mental-health-month-fitness-4mind4body/
- Administration for Community Living (ACL) offers these resources on behavioral health at https://www.acl.gov/node/443
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