May is Mental Health Matters Month
Help Reduce the Stigma around Mental Health
Santa Clara County, CA. When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, it can be a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental health is essential to overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. 1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans. Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the US who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
The isolation, blame and secrecy caused by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Stigma is when someone views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or being judged by someone else. Fighting stigma is key to getting people the care they need and preventing suicides.
Take action this month to help others as the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department and its partners fight stigma, educate the public and raise awareness about the importance of mental health.
Help spread the word by showing you're #MillionsLikeMe. Learn about the many awareness, support and advocacy activities at:
May is Mental Health Month was started 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health Month materials were seen and used by 22.3 million people.
Medial Contacts: Joy Alexiou
Posted: May 1, 2016