In the late 1940s, as mental health awareness began to grow, people began observing Mental Health week. This observance was designated to raise awareness for mental health issues and wellbeing. In the 1960s, the month of May was given the designation of Mental Health month. During May, organizations campaign for issues such as mental health research, wellness, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Topics such as suicide prevention and symptoms of mental illness are addressed in order to prevent mental health problems, stigma, and to encourage advocacy.
In 2013, Mental Health Month focuses on social connectedness and has been given the theme “Get Connected.” Mental Health America (MHA) reports that, through connectivity to our communities, families, and friends, we can support mental health and wellbeing for all.
One in five adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, making mental health a critical topic.
Whether you are aware of it or not, you likely know someone living with a mental health issue and you can be a support to this person.
Here are some suggestions on getting connected:
- Have a support system: Family and friends can be a great way to get support by being active in your community.
- Embrace community: have a sense of belonging and purpose by being active in your community.
- Seek professional help: Look to the pros for help with problem management and coping with stress.