The Vision Behind Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is an observance that takes place every May. It was launched by Mental Health America, an organization that is dedicated to promoting mental health by educating people about mental health conditions and reducing barriers to treatment and services. For a better understanding of the intention behind Mental Health Awareness Month, here is an overview of its underlying goals and vision:

  • To break down stigmas surrounding mental health challenges. Mental health and physical health are equally important and closely intertwined. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to challenge misconceptions and foster open conversations, reminding people that mental health is an essential aspect of overall health and well-being.
  • To promote a greater understanding of mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate people about mental health and the challenges faced by individuals and family members whose lives are impacted by mental health conditions.
  • To encourage people to seek support. Mental Health Awareness Month emphasizes the importance of seeking help and support for mental health conditions. It encourages people to take steps toward improving their mental health by talking to loved ones about their mental concerns and seeking professional support when needed.
  • To provide a platform for advocacy and support. Mental Health Awareness Month helps raise awareness about the need for accessible and affordable mental health care and promotes efforts to improve mental health services and support systems.
  • To empower individuals to take charge of their mental health and well-being. Mental Health Awareness Month promotes the understanding that mental health is a vital part of overall health and well-being. It encourages self-care, self-compassion, and self-advocacy.

The need for mental health awareness and support remains a growing concern in today’s world. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition each year, and our nation’s youth are experiencing a mental health crisis.

It’s important to be aware of your overall mental health and mental health conditions. For example, your mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental health conditions affect your thinking, feeling, behavior, or mood and may add challenges to your everyday life. Mental health conditions exist on a continuum, ranging from mild to serious. A serious mental health condition can interfere with your life and ability to function.

To learn more about how your Assistance Program can provide mental health support and resources, visit member support.