May is National Mental Health Awareness month. By now, if you’ve been reading my blog you know I loves series. During the month of May I will focus on Mental Health focused posted every Monday! From identifying mental illness in children to breaking down the different conditions; stop by every Monday for tips and information on Mental Health Monday’s #MHM
President Biden has written a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find a snippet of the proclamation, you can read it in it’s entirety here:
Millions of adults and children across America experience mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition. Those living with mental health conditions are our family, friends, classmates, neighbors, and coworkers. Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could discriminate against people based on pre-existing conditions, including mental health conditions, and mental health and substance use services were not covered by insurance. Still discrimination against those with mental health conditions in our society remains, and can make it difficult to find and reach out for help. While our Nation has made progress in promoting mental health services, many communities face pervasive barriers in accessing mental health care.
During the past year and a half the world has undergone so many changes that had adversely impacted the mental health of many. From deaths, loss of employment, working and learning from home, domestic violence and a rise in PTSD all due to COVID-19, our mental health is at an all time low. According to research during the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019.
The purpose of this series is to let you know, you are not alone! The National Alliance on Mental Health – NAMI – will be my resource guide for each #MHM post. Your mental health is essential. I’m here to help you keep it!
Until next time,