Just as everyone will eventually suffer for some physical illness, mental illness of some type is nearly inevitable for everyone. May is the month dedicated to raising awareness for why and how people need to be more careful and mindful of their own mental health.
The article provides some surprising statistics about mental illness, particularly in the US. For example, about 20% of people in the US experience some form of mental illness every year, and about 5% of those illnesses are serious. Youth are not spared, with 1 in 6 mental disorders manifesting in Americans between 6 and 17 years old. Half of all mental illnesses are experienced before a person reaches 14 years old, and three quarters by the time people reach 24 years old. This has led to suicide becoming the second main cause of death for Americans 10 to 34 years old.
Despite these alarming numbers, people don’t seek help because of the stigma associated with mental illness. Making May Mental Health Awareness Month is a way to help remove the stigma so that people will seek help.
If you would like to learn more, even after May is over, check out May Is Mental Health Awareness Month.