May is mental health awareness month. So, this month is all about spreading awareness of mental health issues and breaking down the stigmas associated with mental health issues so that more people can get the help they need and overcome the debilitating symptoms of mental health issues. So, if you are looking for mental health awareness month ideas to help spread awareness, keep reading.
The Need for Mental Health Awareness Month
According to a statement from the White House, less than half of the people living with mental health issues get help through treatment. That means that millions of people in our country are struggling with mental health issues on their own. There are many different reasons why people may not get help for mental health issues including the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. So, it’s important that the world spreads awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and supports the treatment of mental health issues so that more people get the help they need.
What Can You do to Spread Awareness During the Month of May?
There are a number of things you can do this mental health awareness month to help spread awareness for mental health issues and available treatments. When we are all committed to spreading mental health awareness, we can hope that the people who aren’t getting the help they need will learn that there is no better way to heal from the impacts and symptoms of mental health issues. Some of the things you can do this May include:
Educate Yourself About Mental Health Issues
When you know more about mental health issues, you can better identify them in the lives of your loved ones or even yourself. Many people may not get help for mental health issues because they either don’t believe that they have a problem or they don’t notice the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in their own lives. However, when more people understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, they can better talk to their loved ones about what they’re experiencing and whether or not they may be willing to get help through treatment.
Some of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues can include:
- depression and anxiety
- high levels of stress
- avoiding previously enjoyed activities, people, and passions
- intense mood swings
- sleep pattern issues
- trouble eating or eating too much
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up About Mental Health
When more people spread awareness about mental health by breaking down negative stigmas, fewer people will believe the myths and stigmas that surround mental health issues and get help through treatment. Furthermore, people living with mental health issues may not feel open to talking about mental health as they understand the stigmas that surround these issues. So, when people are open to sharing their own experiences and even just talking about how treatment can help, this can help break down the barriers that keep people from getting the help they need.
Be Careful About What You Say
Stigmas of mental health are perpetuated by harmful words. For example, calling people who are dealing with mental health issues “unstable”, “crazy”, “loony”, etc. So, to stop these stigmas from perpetuating, ensure that you’re careful about what you say when it comes to mental health issues. Rather, use kindness and compassion when speaking about and to people with mental health issues. When we present as empathic toward a person’s health issues, people are more likely to respond in the same way.
Encouraging Loved Ones and Yourself to Get Help
Regardless if it’s yourself or a loved one who is presenting signs of mental health issues, a great way to spread awareness during the month of May for mental health issues is to seek treatment. When people are open to accepting help, other people will follow.
Willow Place for Women is a women’s-only outpatient mental health treatment facility located in Asheville, North Carolina. If you or a loved one needs help with addiction, trauma, or eating disorders, reach out to us for help.