Facts to Know During Mental Health Awareness Month This May

Facts to Know During Mental Health Awareness Month This May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We’d like to share some important information with you.

When we think about illness, we might usually think about its physical manifestation. Maybe we think of the last time we had the flu or perhaps about one of our friends who has an ongoing health issue. More often than not, we assume illness takes physical form. Unfortunately, that leaves the 42.8 million Americans who experience mental illness in the shadows.

The month of May allows us an opportunity to change that! It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. To heighten our awareness during this important time, let’s look at some important facts.

  • 18.5 percent of Americans (that’s nearly 1 in 5!) experience mental illness each year, and that illness significantly interferes with the lives of 10 million of those Americans.
  • Nearly half of adults living in homeless shelters are living with a serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder.
  • Even though mental health conditions are common, only 41 percent of people in the US with a mental health issue received any kind of health service for it.
  • Late last month, on April 28th, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation about Mental Health Awareness Month.  In the document he encouraged all Americans to, “renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.”

The Maria Sanchez Show is definitely going to get involved during Mental Health Awareness Month. Please join us in eliminating the stigma and confusion around mental illness! We’ll also be addressing important issues just like this on our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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