May is for Mental Health

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month, and this is the 67th time the United States has acknowledged it.

Olivia Doyle, Columnist

About 26.2 percent of United States citizens 18 and older suffer from mental illness. The world is not aware of how many people that is, approximately 54,373,304 people in the U.S. It is important that people are familiar with the causes and effects of mental health. That is why the United States recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month. “It has been more than six decades of steps forward in the public perception of mental illness, but the White House and Mental Health America are encouraging citizens to go the rest of the way,” said Quinten Plummer of Tech Times.

President Barack Obama made a proclamation from the White House about it this month: “Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues.  This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.”

Many people struggle with mental illnesses but don’t tell anyone or are not aware they have them, which is the main problem with mental illness. That is why people need to feel comfortable speaking up and be able to get help from others. CEO of Mental Health, Paul Gionfriddo, says “Mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available. We need to speak up early – before Stage 4 – and in real, relatable terms, so that people do not feel isolated and alone. Sharing is the key to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to showing others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.”

Overall, more people should learn about mental health. It is important that we help people before it gets too serious. People need to be more aware of their surroundings and of themselves. So, improve the world by helping your community acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month.