Why is Mental Health Awareness Month Important?
Xiomara A. Sosa, XAS Founder
May is “Mental Health Awareness Month.” It was started by the great support organization, Mental Health America, over 60 years ago.
We’ve been highlighting it every day on our site and social networks. Most people are very positive about it, but some pooh-pooh it as just another promotion; something dreamed up by the pharma companies to generate more profits.
Here’s why we believe Mental Health Awareness Month is so important:
- 1 in 4 (or 1 in 5 depending on whose statistics you use) have a diagnosable mental illness. They should not have to hide in any fashion because of stigma associated with mental illness.
- Many with a mental health condition don’t know they have something that can be helped with treatment. These people are experiencing the symptoms of a mental illness, but they haven’t connected it with the mental health condition. (Watch “I Didn’t Recognize Depression Symptoms in Myself“)
Like anything, media attention and campaigns like this are especially effective in bringing attention to these two issues. We hope you’ll help spread the word.