The stigma surrounding mental illnesses continues to prevent people from talking about it and seeking help -- yet one in four adults lives with a serious mental illness and one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Telling people what life is like with mental illness helps to build support and promotes recovery. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Life With a Mental Illness—is a call to action to share what life with a mental illness feels like to someone going through it to create understanding.
May is Mental Health Month was started 67 years ago by Mental Health America of Texas’ (MHA Texas) national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.
“Mental health disorders are more common than most people realize and they are treatable. Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work,” said Lynn Lasky Clark, President & CEO of MHA Texas.
This May, we are encouraging Texans to speak up about how it feels to live with a mental illness by tagging social media posts with #lifewithmentalillness. Posting with our hashtag is a way to speak up and to share your point of view with others.
MHA Texas has a series of fact sheets available in English and Spanish on its website (www.mhatexas.org/mentalhealthmonth) regarding the critical importance of addressing mental health disorders early, risk factors and signs of mental illness, and information about mental illnesses.
For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America of Texas’ website at www.mhatexas.org.
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About Mental Health America of Texas
Established in 1935, Mental Health America of Texas is dedicated to transforming systems that promote mental health, prevent mental disorders and substance abuse, and achieve recovery from mental illnesses and addictions through education, advocacy and services. MHA Texas provides a leading voice for mental wellness, advocating for policies that improve access to mental health and substance use treatment, working to reduce the suicide rate through the Texas Suicide Prevention program and support healthy development in children and families through the Texas Parents as Teachers program. For more information, visit www.mhatexas.org.