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Mental Health

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

The general Condition of one’s mental and emotional health is termed as Mental Health. According to Merriam-Webster, Mental health is defined as the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life.

Concerns affecting the functioning, readiness and optimal health of our nation’s returning service members and their families (i.e., adjustment, depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance misuse) have caused a search for answers to improve understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Started in the month of May, 1949 in the United States by the Mental Health America organization which was then then known as the National Association for Mental Health in order to reach millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.

Every year, Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month from the middle of March. A number of activities are conducted in the month of May based on different themes each year to raise awareness.

Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about: mental illnesses, such as the 18.1% of Americans who suffer from [7] depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses. The month came about by presidential proclamation.[8]

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation will take place from Monday, 13 to Sunday, 19 May 2019.

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