Discover the history of Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellness. In fact, it's often called "the foundation of good health." Even with the prevalence of mental illnesses in America today, many people still do not recognize the signs or know how to get help. Each year during Mental Health Month, we want to bring awareness to mental illness and how you can seek treatment if needed.
Mental Health Month was originated in 1949 by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.
Mental Health Month is a yearly campaign to raise awareness of mental health conditions and promote treatment, prevention and recovery. The first Mental Health Month was held in 1949 by the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (now known as Mental Health America). Each year, they create a theme that centers around educating the public on important issues related to mental health. The 2022 theme was “Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority"
Because of the importance of this topic, we wanted to highlight some resources to help you navigate any mental health issues you might be facing.
It's not uncommon to know someone with mental health issues, and it's also not uncommon for them to be dealing with things like depression or anxiety.
The good news is that mental health issues are treatable. And even better news: you can help prevent them in the first place!
If someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, talk to them about it. Don't assume they're fine just because they don't want to talk about it—they may be feeling too ashamed or scared (or both) of what other people will think of them if they disclose their condition. You can let them know that no one should have to suffer alone; there are resources available for everyone who needs help managing their mental health issues and navigating difficult situations in their lives.
Mental Health Resources
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and support for people with anxiety and mood disorders. ADAA has a website with information about anxiety and depression, as well as resources for finding treatment. The organization also has a 24-hour helpline for people in crisis to call at any time of day or night.
If you need help right away because you feel like hurting yourself or someone else: Call 911 immediately.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with mental illness. NAMI offers support groups, education and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families. It also hosts events and fundraisers to raise money for their programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a federal agency dedicated to reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health, the largest medical research organization in the world. It is also the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
NIH conducts and supports research to treat, prevent and ultimately cure mental illnesses through basic science, clinical and services research. It also develops public health initiatives to address treatment gaps and reduce disparities in access to care.