May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a month to…

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a month to raise awareness of mental health conditions and campaign for mental wellness for everyone. In the United States alone, one in four adults lives her/his day-to-day life with a diagnosable, treatable mental condition, and s/he will live productively and independently in the face of it. Mental health issues, of both youth and adults, are too often left in the periphery of the public eye, leaving individuals who are living with mental conditions to cope by themselves.

Mental Health America, the leading advocacy group working to educate about the wide array of mental conditions, established Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 to promote its vision of a “just, humane society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination.” What can you do to open the discussion about mental health conditions and engage everyone?

– Colin


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