2019 Mental Health Awareness Month
Awareness is the Beginning — Education and Promotion Continue the Message
by Addie Bona, Unspoken Voices Contributor
Most everyone knows what mental health is, and many people know the stigma surrounding mental health. Caring for our mental health is just as important as caring for our physical health. However, many people may not realize this or have the education they need to seek out help for themselves or others.
Since 1949, the month of May has been designated to help educate and create awareness around mental health, hence naming May, "Mental Health Awareness Month" (Mental Health America, 2019). Each year, Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) has different themes, but continues to stay the same by sharing statistics and resources to individuals and families, often signified by the green ribbon. In the past decade, many awareness campaigns have been using social media sites and outlets to share their resources and spread their messages.
If you or someone you know would like more information or are considering seeking professional help, you can find additional information in some of the resources below.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also the option to chat online through their website. The website also offers specific resources for more groups of individuals, such as youth, disaster survivors, Native Americans, veterans, and many more.
Center for Discovery offers a variety of forms in getting help. You can call their help line, submit a message through their website, email them, take a quiz to determine if you or a loved one could use professional help, and other databases of resources to consult.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers information on what to do before, during, and after a mental health crisis.