Mental health is wealth 🤑 especially during Mental Health Awareness Month 🤒 which is celebrated in May 📅 The stigma around mental health & treatment has long existed ⌛️ even though this has started to change 🙆🏽♀️
Still, people hesitate to seek help 🕵🏽♀️ or even talk about it with their loved ones 👩🏾❤️💋👨🏾 for fear of being judged 👩🏽⚖️ & facing unnecessary backlash 🤷🏽♀️ Simple logic dictates 📝 that if we are hurt anywhere 🆘 we must seek treatment to get better 👩🏽⚕️ This applies to both our mental ➕ physical well-being 💯 While Mental Health Awareness Month is celebrated🪅 in the U.S. 🗽 a more universal day is also celebrated 🎈 by the WHO 🏥 on October 10, and it is known as World Mental Health Day❣️
Mental Health Awareness Month FAQs🤔
What are some mental health helpline numbers?📲
You can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 📲 ‘MHA’ to 741741💝 You can also visit the following websites 💻 for more information:
- Mental Health America: https://mhanational.org/get-involved/contact-us
- Suicide Crisis Lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
- Suicide Prevention Lines: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/
What are the 4️⃣ types of mental illness❓
According to MedlinePlus 🏥 some types of mental disorders are:
- “Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
- Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
- Eating disorders.
- Personality disorders.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.”
The Color of Mental Health Awareness Month?🌈
Mental health awareness is represented by a green ribbon💚
How to Observe Mental Health Awareness Month 🧰
- Take care of yourself 🛀
Life has numerous ups & downs ⬆️⬇️ Some are solvable but others not so much 🚫 When your mental health acts up, seek the right treatment 💆🏽♀️ & make yourself better 😍 because, after all, life has much more to offer than just pain & suffering 🥵
- Take care of your loved ones 💗
Check up on your friends & family 👯♀️ Many times, all people need is a shoulder to cry on 😥 and/or an ear to listen👂🏽 Support & encourage 👏🏽 them if they are being treated for any mental problems 🛌
- Talk about mental health 🗣
One of the best ways 🥇 to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month is by talking about it with your peers 🫂 The more you talk about it 💬 the more normalized it will become 🔑 This is one of the aims of the month 🎉 as the stigma attached to mental health🧏🏽♀️ has led to countless delays in treatment 💔 AND research on the matter 🔍
5️⃣ Facts About Anxiety Disorder That Will Blow Your Mind🤯
- Anxiety most common😧
In the U.S., anxiety disorder is the most common form of mental illness😮
- Very few people seek treatment🤦🏽♀️
Anxiety disorder is treatable in many cases but only about 3️⃣6️⃣% of people opt to get help😮
- Multiple factors cause anxiety🧩
From brain activities 🧠 to genetics to life events 🧬 a host of factors can lead to a person developing an anxiety disorder🙍🏽♀️
- Anxiety from a young age 👧🏽
The National Institute of Mental Health states that 8️⃣% of American teenagers👦🏽already have an anxiety disorder😳
- Exercise to fight anxiety🏋🏽♀️
Many studies 🕵🏽♀️ have proven that a little boost of energy from exercise 🤸🏽♀️ can help lessen the effects of anxiety disorder🪄
Why to Love Mental Health Awareness Month💗
- It’s a celebration of mental health 🎊
The only way to enjoy life to the fullest & experience all its wonders is if we take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. Don’t shy away from talking about what’s plaguing you because it might not be your fault, no matter how much society tells you otherwise.
- It’s a celebration of changing attitudes 😁
We have come a long way from the times when mental patients were treated as outcasts, not only by their loved ones but also by medical professionals. Times have started changing and more and more people are changing their outlook on mental illnesses. However, we still have a long way to go.
- It’s a celebration of humans 🤗
We humans are a set of meticulously-put-together details. Our minds (and bodies) work in harmony to bring us amazing feats in technology, science, humanities, literature, etc. Our mental power, therefore, needs to be taken care of for a better tomorrow for the coming generations.
National Mental Health Awareness Week – May 10-16
National Mental Health Awareness Week is organized between May 10 & May 16 📅 Mental health is still a taboo ☢️ topic in many countries & communities 🛖 People who are mentally ill are not necessarily crazy 🙃 which is a general misconception 🙅🏽♀️ At least 1️⃣ in 4️⃣ people is in dire need of mental health checkups around the world 🌏
National Mental Health Awareness Week FAQs 🤔
What is the purpose of Mental Health Awareness Week?😐
Approximately one in four people 👨👩👧👦 in the world suffer from mental health problems each year 😫 Mental Health Awareness Week aims 🎯 to get people talking about their mental health ➕ reduce the stigma that stops 🛑 people from asking for help 🆘
What is the most difficult mental illness to treat❓
Borderline personality disorder has historically been viewed as the most difficult to treat 👩🏽⚕️ among all mental health problems 🙄
How to Observe Mental Health Awareness Week🥸
- Reach out to friends and relatives👭🏽
In National Mental Health Awareness Week 📅 you can start by talking to your friends & relatives 🫂 You don’t have to openly talk 🗣 about mental illness, but you can just slide it in the conversation 💬 and listen 👂🏽 to their responses. You can understand whether or not they need mental health support 🤲🏽 If you feel so, then guide them on how to get professional help.
- Read about mental health📖
Mental health is a really tricky subject 🧩 and therefore it’s very important to learn more about it 👩🏽💻before advising your friends & relatives on it. Try to read as many books 📚 on the subject this National Mental Health Awareness Week so that you have a better understanding 💡 of mental illness before you talk about it to others 📣
- Visit your therapist🧑🏽⚕️
You can take time off work ⏰ during National Mental Health Awareness Week & visit your therapist❣️ Your therapist can assess your situation 🤔 and let you know whether you personally need any help or not 😉 Also, they can give you professional & sound advice 🙆🏽♀️ which will help 🆘 you when you’re talking to or advising 🤝 your friends and relatives about mental health❗️
5️⃣ Causes of Mental Illness
- Family lineage🧬
Your genes and family history have an important role to play in your mental stability.
- Life experiences🎈
Experiences such as stress or a history of abuse, especially if it happened in childhood, can have a negative impact on your mental health.
- Biological factors👨👩👧
Chemical imbalances in the brain can cause a lot of mental tension leading to trauma & illness.
- Pre-birth exposure🤰🏽
A mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals, while she is pregnant, can also affect the mental health of her baby.
- Isolation and loneliness🙇🏽♀️
If you don’t have a lot of friends & prefer staying isolated and feel lonely all the time, you’re more likely to slip into depression, which can lead to further mental illness.
Why National Mental Awareness Week is Important🆒
- Mental health is not a joke😟
Mental health is serious🙎🏽♀️ The social stigma attached to mental illness can cause someone to remain ill 🤧 for a prolonged period, which can lead to more serious conditions🤕 This week helps people begin an open dialogue 😊 and break the stigma.
- Mental health needs immediate attention🚑
Mental health is something that needs immediate attention🚨 It can get serious very fast, especially when people are affected deeply by a specific incident in their lives 🎭 It could push someone over the edge towards suicide😲 This awareness week helps people understand that it’s 🆗 to talk about mental health ➕ there’s no shame in asking for help🎉
- No strict definition of mental health📋
A very insignificant thing for one person 🤏🏽 can be a very aggravating thing for another🤬 Mental health differs from person 👽 to person 🤖 and there is no concrete way of defining it 😕 Thus, mental health awareness week 💆🏽♀️ is necessary to help people become aware 🔦 of their mental suffering 😵 and make others around them aware 💡 of it too so that they can get help🏥
A Proclamation on National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2022
APRIL 29, 2022•PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS
Each May we raise awareness about the importance of mental health and its impact on the well-being of all Americans, including children, adults, families, and communities across our Nation. We also give thanks to the dedicated mental health providers whose service and support improve the lives of so many Americans. We stand in solidarity with those who are experiencing mental health conditions, renewing our commitment to providing them with the support they need and deserve.JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
Even before the pandemic, millions of Americans were experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, and heightened levels of depression. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated those conditions, creating an unprecedented mental health crisis across our country. Communities of color, frontline workers, health care workers, and individuals with eating disorders have been disproportionately impacted, and the rate of depression across the country has more than tripled compared to rates in 2019.
Mental health challenges among our youth have also been particularly acute due to disruptions in routines, increased social isolation, and learning loss. Research has shown that social media plays a central role in increasing mental health challenges among young people — especially young women. Emergency department visits for attempted suicide among girls in 2021 increased by more than 50 percent compared to 2020. American Indians, Alaska Natives, Black youth, and LGBTQI+ youth also face a disproportionate risk of suicide.
Despite these disturbing trends, less than half of Americans struggling with mental illness receive the treatment they need — even fewer within Black and Brown communities. A variety of factors contribute to this problem. For example, too many communities lack sufficient numbers of mental health providers. Even where there are enough mental health providers, our fragmentated system makes it difficult for people to access them. Tragically, too, many Americans feel ashamed to reach out for help, or are stigmatized for seeking care.
My Administration is committed to transforming mental health care for all Americans. The American Rescue Plan laid the groundwork for this effort, investing nearly $5.5 billion nationwide to strengthen mental health and substance use care. It also invested billions of dollars in our Nation’s schools, including mental health treatment for students and staff.
But far more needs to be done. That is why in this year’s State of the Union Address, I outlined my vision for bolder investments to address our national mental health crisis. My strategy includes actions that will broaden the pipeline of behavioral health professionals in areas of greatest need, integrate mental health and substance use treatment into primary care, and expand access through more virtual care options.
In addition, last year the Surgeon General released an Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health that underscored the growing harms of digital technologies — especially social media — on the mental health of our youth. It is time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, and demand that technology companies stop collecting the personal data of our children. We must also continue researching the impact of social media on the mental health of our children, expand services in school to promote their well-being, and set them up for success so they can thrive as adults.
As my Administration works to expand suicide prevention and strengthen crisis care infrastructure within our communities, those who need immediate assistance can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK — which will transition to a simple three-digit number, 988, in July.
Each of us has an important role to play in supporting our fellow Americans who are living with mental health conditions. Learn the warning signs of emotional distress and suicide. Engage affected loved ones in supportive dialogue. Fight the prejudice and negative attitudes that discourages those in need from seeking mental health support. Above all, let us collectively ensure that all children and adults experiencing mental health challenges are treated with the compassion, respect, and understanding they deserve.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and other groups to join in activities and take action to strengthen the mental health of our communities and our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.
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