Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, dedicated to drawing attention to and increasing the understanding of mental illness and easing the stigma surrounding it.

Want to make a display, but don't know where to start?  Here are a collection of websites that have put together handy dandy book lists:

The following was found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

Mental Illness and Adults

  • In 2015, there were an estimated 43.4 million adults –about 1 in 5 Americans aged 18 or older – with a mental illness within the previous year.
  • In 2015, there were an estimated 9.8 million adults – about 1 in 25 Americans aged 18 or older – with serious mental illness. “Serious mental illness” is defined as individuals experiencing within the past year a mental illness or disorder with serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

Mental Illness and Children and Teens

  • Just over 20% – or 1 in 5 – children, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14 and three-quarters begin by age 24.
To learn more, check out the following websites:

Just one last thing before I go...
Remember, you're not alone, you are stronger than you think, and you are not less than others. You matter. 💓

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