Mental Health Awareness Month: What Has Changed?

Meet a mom determined to help teens, parents, and teachers open up about mental illness

Raising Awareness for Mental Health Month

DATIS HR Cloud, Inc. launches their 3rd annual campaign to raise awareness and funds for Mental Health First Aid in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

She said warning signs of a mental or behavioral health issue can include children or adolescents ingesting pills or cutting themselves.

A recent study by Minnesota Management and Budget found that offering mental health services to the most vulnerable Minnesotans provides real cost savings to the taxpayer and to the state's economy in reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations, job loss, involvement in the criminal justice system and premature death.

Almost 60 percent of American adults, and 50 percent of American youth, are reported to not have received the mental health services they needed in the previous year, according to NAMI.

Global nutrition firm MSC Nutrition has announced its partnership with online magazine Mantality as discussions taking place around mental health issues across a range of disciplines continue to grow.

Sporting leaders across the United Kingdom are joining forces as moves to further raise awareness of mental health issues both on and off the field continue to increase industry wide.

3 fall from Ferris wheel at Port Townsend's Rhody Festival
Responders were told the cart was faulty, and the after-hour's number for the State Department of Labor and Industries was called. People on the scene said it appeared a pin or section came off the wheel, but it's unclear what exactly fell out from the ride.


Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. While one in five adults experience a mental health condition each year, The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in 17 adults live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. "There's a realization that everyone is fighting a different battle and you can't fight it for someone else but you can try to understand", she says.

Rosenberg also said the state is looking to invest in loan forgiveness programs for people in mental health professions helping young people in under-served areas.

Linda Qualia, associate dean of counseling services and ACCESS for Collin College, said during the first two weeks of May when end-of-course exams were in full swing, the college's counseling services saw two-thirds as many students as they did in the entire month of April. They have a real psychiatric illness: They feel ill, and are often just not at ease in their bodies. Whatever the case, healthy living can go a long way towards lessening its effects.

"I think we need to spend more time looking at the prevention side of things instead of catching it halfway down the road", Hudspeth said.

"For me, regular exercise helps keep my stress level down", Elizabeth said. "But it won't happen if you don't give it a try".

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