Mental illnesses are real, physical illnesses resulting from one or more biochemical imbalances. It makes as much sense to stigmatize mental illness as it does to treat people poorly because they have diabetes, eczema, or gluten allergies.
Become aware. The US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that about 1 in 4 American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, with nearly suffering serious disabilities as a result.
May is Mental Health Month, it was started 67 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help. Break the stigma. Expressions like “You’ll get over it” and “Just relax” can minimize how a person is feeling. Instead offer your support.
is Mental Health Awareness Month. 1 in 4 people suffer from mental illness, yet it's a topic that's barely talked about. Too many are afraid of it. Too many misunderstand it. Let's talk about it. Help stop the stigma!