May Is Mental Health Month

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May Is Mental Health Month


The statistics are dramatic. Roughly 20 percent of teens ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness in their lifetime and for those ages 8-13, about 14 percent have or will have mental illness, according to statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that about one in seven children ages 2-8 has a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

What's more, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 10-14 and the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24.

These numbers are not improving as mental illnesses are becoming more common, according to experts and the latest research.

Thankfully, May marks Mental Health Month--Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is the first week and Children's Mental Health Day is May 5--and is a great time to help spread the word about the prevalence of mental illness in children as well as point people toward resources for help.

Every year, the goal of Mental Health Month is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care, according to NAMI. The organization is encouraging others to post on social media about mental health awareness using the hashtag #IntoMentalHealth.

According to Mental Health America (MHA), a nonprofit advocacy group, the theme this year is Whole Body Mental Health. …

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