Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each May since 1949. It’s a time to recognize and reflect on the the fact that millions of Americans struggle with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorder.
The Covid-19 pandemic has only heightened these concerns. Communities of color, frontline workers, healthcare professionals, and people with eating disorders have been most directly affected by this trend.
Mental illness continues to be shrouded by stigma and misinformation. But the bottom line is that mental illnesses are legitimate healthcare concerns that are often highly treatable…just like many physical/medical illnesses.
At BMH, we encourage our community to continue to:
- Support and strengthen mental health services.
- Help reduce and eliminate stigma so that all people can receive the help they need and deserve.