Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. Taking good care of your mental health can reduce your risk for many physical health problems.
May is Mental Health Month. Here’s why mental health matters and steps you can take to support loved ones struggling with their mental well-being.
What Is Mental Health Month?
Mental Health Awareness Month was created in 1949 by Mental Health America. Its purpose is to help you and others understand the importance of having good mental health. It also encourages you to get help if you struggle with mental health.
Statistics On Mental Health
- One in five Americans will have a mental illness in any given year.
- More than 50% of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point.
- One in six kids aged 6 to 17 in the U.S. experience a mental health crisis during any given year.
- Half of all lifetime mental illness cases begin by age 14.
How To Support Our Loved Ones
Having poor mental health can often make you feel like you’re alone. Feeling sad, depressed, or anxious can make it hard to get help when you need it. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to support our loved ones who are struggling with mental health issues.
- Be a good listener: Sometimes, people just want you to listen.
- Show them you care: Spend quality time with your loved one, and be there when they need help.
- Offer to help: Some people are scared to get help for mental health or don’t know where to start.
- Watch their behavior: Sudden mood changes could mean your loved one needs help.
- Share your own story: This can show your loved one that mental illness is normal. It could also make them feel less alone.
How To Get Help
Help for mental health is everywhere. You just need to know where to look.
Call 911 right away if you or someone you know is in danger. Or go to the nearest emergency room (ER).
Treatment for mental health can be given in person, by phone, or online. Call your primary care doctor to get started. Your doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist, like a therapist or psychiatrist.
Here are other ways to get help for mental health:
- Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or text (800) 985-5990.
- Your state or county health agency.
- Your health insurance company.
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