Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated every May since 1949! It’s an effort to remove the stigma of mental health issues and promote people getting counseling. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions.
Mental health awareness is also important for suicide prevention as 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US and it is preventable.
Stigma promotes shame and secrecy which prevents people from getting help. Mental illness is not somebody’s fault and doesn’t mean they are crazy. Mental health conditions often have a medical or genetic basis and are responses to various stressors and life events. Treatment is available and effective and can be life-changing and life-saving.
It’s fantastic when celebrities speak openly about their issues with mental illness because it helps to remove the secrecy, shame and stigma–and it provides normalization for others who may deal with these issues. Like, Mariah Carey, who recently came out as having Bipolar 2 Disorder. Others include Ryan Reynolds, who shared about his anxiety, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who talked about his depression, Demi Lovato who shared about her history with eating disorders, and Brooke Shields who shared about postpartum depression. When we speak openly about mental health issues, we remind others that they are not alone.
Be part of the solution:
- Support others who share mental health issues
- Never minimize, judge, blame or label
- Be an example of somebody who takes care of your mental health
- View counseling as a routine part of preventative healthcare
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