May is Mental Health Month
As President Obama declared on April 28, May is National Mental Health month and we would like to invite you to get involved in one of the many activities and campaigns going on in May!
Here are just some of the things you could do:
- Connect at events
- Join conversations about what mental illness feels like
- Be one in a million by learning mental health first aid
- Encourage someone to get help B4Stage4
- Find out what you can say to make it ok
According to NAMI, “Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.” Mental Health Month offers the opportunity to increase awareness and find out what we all can do when someone needs help.
With coverage under the Affordable Care Act and MNSure, more low-income Minnesotans have access to mental health services – but there’s still a gap. With the help of our donors, Touchstone Mental Health fills that gap for our clients who often need more than the covered mental health services. In order to recover we find our clients also need access to safe, stable housing, medical care, education, and the social supports we all need to be well.
So during Mental Health Month 2016, join us is raising awareness about mental health and what it is really like to have a mental illness. If you use social media, share your experiences to increase understanding of how people with mental illness feel with #mentalillnessfeelslike, tell others you are not ashamed with #imnotashamed, and share how you are showing your support with #MHM2016 or #mentalhealthawarenessmonth.