Did you know that one in four American adults live with a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition? And yet, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “In 2008, [only] 13.4 percent of adults in the United States received treatment for a mental health problem.” That means over 10 percent of adults who live with a mental health issue were not receiving treatment.
This is most likely due to a lack of awareness surrounding mental health. That’s why Mental Health America celebrates “Mental Health Month” each May. This year, the organization is disseminating its message through two themes: “Do More for 1 in 4″ and “Live Well! It’s Essential for your Potential.” These themes address the issue of mental health awareness.
How can you help spread awareness about mental health disorders this month? There are a number of ways!
- Twitter:Spread awareness by posting one of the following updates, along with the #mentalhealthmonth tag.
-Do More for 1 in 4: It’s Mental Health Month http://bit.ly/PzAka #mentalhealthmonth
-Embrace wellness-May is Mental Health Month. Go to www.LiveYourLifeWell.org. #mentalhealthmonth
-The vast majority of mental health conditions are treatable–people live productive lives. #mentalhealthmonth
-Do More for 1 in 4: It’s Mental Health Month. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go to http://bit.ly/hmWGSW #mentalhealthmonth
-Who’s your 1 in 4? Support from family, friends, peers essential in recovery. Learn how to help at http://bit.ly/fkiy8J
- Facebook: Either create your own or copy/paste one of these sample posts into your status box.
-Good mental health is much more than must the absence of illness – it’s about being able to handle life’s challenges and even flourish. Celebrate Mental Health Month with us! Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may.
-Embrace wellness this May is Mental Health Month. Find out more atwww.LiveYourLifeWell.org.
-Wellness encompasses the notion of balance in one’s life among the mental, physical, and emotional elements of health. Live Well! It’s Essential for Your Potential! Learn more atwww.LiveYourLifeWell.org.
-A vast majority of mental health conditions are treatable, we can–no matter how challenging the mental health obstacle we face–always chart a course back to wellness. Live Well! It’s Essential for Your Potential! Learn more at www.LiveYourLifeWell.org.
-Did you know that 60 million Americans are diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year, that’s 1in4. Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may.
- Post Fact Sheets: There are a number of up-to-date fact sheets that you can post at home or at work to help raise awareness.
-Anxiety disorder fact sheet.
-Information on depression.
-And many more!
Clearly, there are many ways through which you can help spread awareness about mental health issues. Do it for the one in four Americans who may need help today!