What is Mental Health Awareness Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month takes place every year in the month of May. Since 1949, the Mental Health America (MHA) dubbed this month as a time to spread awareness and education about mental health. Over the years, it has impacted millions of American lives.
During this month, a theme is created that relates to mental illness, to urge the public to get involved. Each year, countless people are encouraged to open up about their personal struggles with mental illness and how they overcame it. Because mental health is so important, hundreds of people volunteer to educate others and bring awareness to their local communities. Many are informed of various facts on mental health issues, such as its correlation with substance and alcohol abuse.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation’s largest mental health organization. They are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations, and volunteers who spread awareness in their communities. In May, NAMI hosts many mental health events that are open for the public to join and support the movement. Through these events, they are able to expel myths and increase people’s understanding of the complexity of mental illness.
The Theme of The Month
This year, the theme is “CureTheStigma” it’s for individuals to share what life with a mental illness is like. Whether through words, pictures or videos they encourage all participants to share via social media with the tag #curethestigma. The posts will be collected and displayed here.
The purpose of this is to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. Organizations and individuals participating in this awareness project provide comfort to people battling mental illnesses by letting them know they are not alone.
Our Goal at Inspirations
We believe in spreading awareness to help bring forth understanding and education to those in need. People who suffer from mental illness tend to turn to drugs to self-medicate, leading to drug abuse. Therefore, it is our priority to educate parents and teens on effective ways of managing mental illnesses and substance abuse issues. Through our dual diagnosis treatment methods, we educate our teens on the importance of their mental health and how to live with such an illness.
In honor of this month, Inspirations will be posting information daily on mental health through our social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned this month to see what other projects we have planned to help spread mental health awareness.