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May is Mental Heath Awareness Month

    

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. Take action today to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

Throughout May, every MH organization participants across the country are raising awareness for the importance of mental health. Each year they fight #stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.

Help DF spread the word, through the many awareness, support and advocacy activities below by showing you're #IntoMentalHealth. 

 

 

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

National Mental Health Month raises awareness about #mentalillness and related issues in the United States. In recent times, attitudes towards #mentalhealth issues appear to be changing. Negative attitudes and #stigma associated with mental health have

been reduced and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health issues and #support for people with them.

Despite this shift in attitude, the idea of a mental health awareness campaign is not a recent one. In the late 1940's, the first @NationalMentalHealthAwarenessWeek was launched in the United States.

 

What is @Stigma?

 

#Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a #mentalhealth condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and #discrimination. This can make their journey to #recovery longer and more difficult.

Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.

 

Why is it a Problem?

Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.

The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.

 Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health.

 

Share Your Story

It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. @Sharing a @story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. Telling your story can take several forms:

Prose/poetry

Song lyrics

Inspirational quotes

Drawings

Photos

Videos

 

DepressionForums.org offers safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: One Step At A Time and Breaking Stories. The Water Cooler.   You have an authentic voice. You Are Not Alone.  You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone.

Let them know that they aren’t either. Get involved.

 

Thank you to Nami.org and Whathealth.com for their contributions

 

 

What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem?

Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:

  • People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
  • Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.
  • Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
  • The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
- See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree#sthash.I3vqE99S.dpuf

What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem?

Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:

  • People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
  • Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.
  • Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
  • The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
- See more at: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree#sthash.I3vqE99S.dpuf

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