Please join the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health this May in observing Mental Health Month!
Each May, Mental Health Month is observed to raise awareness about mental health related issues, fight stigma, and to provide support, education, and advocacy. Approximately one in five adults in the United States will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime; and everyone is affected by mental illness through family and friends.
Stigma surrounding mental health is a key factor preventing people from accessing the care they need. While 20% of the population experiences mental illness, nearly 75% of those individuals will not seek treatment for their condition.
Not seeking treatment for mental health conditions leads to deteriorating conditions and poor outcomes. By educating people on the prevalence of mental illness, we can improve access to care for more individuals and families. Mental health conditions are treatable and recovery is possible; but we first need to encourage those who need help to seek it.
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health