This is the time each year that Mental Health America, and many other organizations, put forth powerful effort to get the word out about mental illness.
For over 60 years, May is the time for media coverage, local events, and mental health screenings to really spread the understanding of what mental illness looks like in all its forms, how it can be identified, and who may be at risk without knowing it.
This year’s theme: Pathways to Wellness. The idea is to communicate some key messages to the masses.
What is wellness? Why is it necessary now, and in the long-run? What skills and strategies are available for you to prevent the onset of an illness, or to promote recovery and everyday wellbeing?
Pathways To Wellness
Mental Health America, and everyone involved in Mental Health Awareness Month wants people to know the answers to those questions. The goal is to help people be conscious of the vital role mental health plays in overall wellness through various pathways to wellness.
The May 2013 Mental Health Awareness Toolkit is available for download along with fact sheets so that you can be involved and help share the messages of well-being and the importance of mental health.
Chances are that you know someone who has been afflicted with the symptoms of mental illness, if not an actual diagnosed mental illness. How is life for that person? Is it you?
What can we all do as a society to lower the stigma that surrounds anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder, autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, an eating disorder, or a substance abuse disorder?
Take part in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month to make a difference for everyone suffering. Your understanding and knowledge can help more people seek treatment to regain their lives.
Together we can help those affected by mental illness work toward wellness!
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