Spring is here, and it’s a great time of year to set some healthy new habits—especially during Mental Health Month!
For a long time, mental illness was the kind of thing people just didn’t talk about. That is changing! But there is still a stigma around the term “mental illness,” and the conditions that fall under that umbrella.
But why should there be a stigma around it? We don’t hesitate to get help for a physical problem we may develop. So there’s no reason to hide a need for a mental health condition.
Mental Health Facts
Here are some facts from the National Alliance on Mental Illness that you, or someone you care about, may find surprising:
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
- 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
The fact is, mental health is every bit as important as physical health. And just as you strive to exercise regularly to improve your physical health, there are habits you can develop to improve your mental health.
Click here for a great list you can choose from. And then pick one to start with this month. It’s the best possible way to celebrate Mental Health Month!
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