Mental Health Month started 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by 22.3 million people.
In this year’s May is Mental Health Month, we encourage people to educate themselves about behaviors and activities that could be harmful to recovery – and to speak up without shame so that others can learn if their behaviors are something to examine. Raising awareness helps us to speak up, to educate without judgement, and to share your point of view or story with people who may be suffering – and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.
“It’s important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.” Professional Mental Health specialists advocate that “We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness – and do so on a compassionate, judgement-free way.”