The month of May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. As you may know, mental health challenges are quite common.
In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
Approximately 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness.
Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 have or previously had a mental disorder.
1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
Unfortunately, research shows that many people do not reach out for support.
This May, let’s bring awareness to this important health issue and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to better understand the significance of mental health. Here are a couple of resources to start the conversation:
- Each Mind Matters Mental Health Flyer
- Each Mind Matters Mental Health Support Guide
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Top 25 HelpLine Resources
- MentalHealth.gov, one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information
Together, we can support those who most need it and ensure no one feels alone in their mental health journey.