MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Updated: May 11

By Maria Clapp


Did you know...

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24

These individuals could be our father, our mother, our son or daughter, our friend, our neighbor, our co-worker, or it could be ourselves.


If a loved one is experiencing some emotional challenges, do you know how to access services? Accessing services can be impacted by misinformation about where to go, cultural or language barriers, and stigma and judgment around the topic of mental health.


Awareness helps eliminate stigma, which brings shame to individuals suffering from a mental illness. Stigma creates attitudes and behaviors that discriminate and reject those who are “different," leading to denial, limited adequate resources, and hatred.


Awareness can promote new improvements in the quality of life for the mentally ill. The more awareness on the need for mental health services, the more attention and demand for services we can promote. Our actions can lead to more rapid changes in policy, research, and funding, which will result in better, easier, & faster access to treatment.

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CONTACT THE AUTHOR


Maria Clapp, EdD LMHC CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Certified Addictions Counselor Certified School Counselor (K-12)

MClapp@myflbh.com 930 Alicia Rd Lakeland, FL 33809 T:863-680-1950

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