May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Did you know that 1 in 4 of the people you know are dealing with a mental illness? Perhaps it’s something as recognizable as anxiety. Maybe it is as unfamiliar as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder. Regardless, there are many forms of help available, including medication and therapy, depending on the diagnosis. We all need to work to increase awareness about mental illness and help erase the social stigma that prevents many people from asking for help.
SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2012 is on Wednesday, May 9. In observance of the Federally sponsored Awareness Day, more than 1,100 communities and 115 Federal programs and national organizations across the country will participate in events, youth demonstrations, and social networking campaigns (be sure to check out JBFCS’ Facebook page) to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health. Mental health issues can and do affect people of all ages, races, religions, and ideologies. It is up to us to end the stigma of mental illness and continue to reach out to those affected, offering a helping hand and a path toward the future.
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