Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Month; at MHA we celebrate by reaching out to through the media, local events, and screenings. We invite other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about.
This May, we hope to shine a light on support resources available to you and your families. If you or someone you care about needs help coping with life’s challenges, you are not alone. Mental health challenges are real, and recovery is possible.
Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States, with an estimated 1 in 5 Americans experiencing some form mental illness in any given year.
There is no single cause for mental illness. Several factors can increase the risk for mental illness, such as:
- Early adverse life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse.
- Experiences related to other chronic medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes.
- Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain.
- Alcohol or drug use; or
- Having feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Join MHA in sharing your #1Thing that you want people to know about mental health this May. Remember to share your photo on social media and tag @MHAinOC in your post.