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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month


Fact: One in five adults in the United States experiences a mental health condition in a given year.

Fact: Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14.

Fact: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

These facts are sobering.

A lot is going on in our world. Day-to-day, life can be so mentally taxing. It may feel like the weight of everything is on your shoulders. It could be that class or work is taking a toll on you. It could be that you feel alienated or dismissed by your peers and friends. It can also be amplified by pre-existing conditions like the environment you grew up in or work in, your lifestyle, school, and even your genetics can play a factor. Whatever the cause may be, it is so important to check in with your body and mind and to remind yourself that no one is to blame.  Mental health is as important as going to the doctor for a physical wellness check-up. Mental wellness checks are common, and nothing to be ashamed of. It’s easy to feel so small in such a vast world, but you aren’t alone. 

It is especially valid to feel alone and alienated in a culture that doesn’t take mental health as seriously as it should. In addition to the lack of thoughtfulness regarding mental health, it is so often stigmatized. Stigma is “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person” , meaning mental health conditions are often deemed as a disgrace or blemish on a person. This attitude towards mental health is damaging and often what causes people to pretend that they are fine, when in reality they are struggling, in pain, and choose not to confide in anyone or seek help. This stigma must be eradicated so more people can feel comfortable speaking up. 
Statistics show that mental health conditions are nothing out of the ordinary, and can occur quite commonly.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness),

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24” (NAMI, 2024)

Mental wellness doesn’t look one way. There are many different struggles one can experience that can hinder mental wellness, whether that be substance abuse, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and more. You are not alone with any of these, while it may be scary, help is available. You deserve to have someone to talk to about what you’re experiencing. 

In addition, please see our Pillars of Mental Health Guide, for inspiration to take care of yourself or loved ones. 

Mental health conditions are treatable!

Mental Health Awareness Month raises awareness about recognition, treatment and recovery, and how it can be far more successful. One of the largest hurdles to mental wellness is addressing the stigma surrounding mental health.       

Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. It feels shameful and those suffering from mental illness seek isolation, not help. Learning how to cope with stigma is important for all of us, particularly when mental illness is associated with bullying. Studies show correlations between bullying and mental health issues for both the bully and the victim of bullying. Bullies may act from a place of low self-esteem, a history of abuse or trauma, or depression. Bullying victims experience fear, depression, shame, loneliness, guilt, anxiety, low self-esteem and in the worst cases, suicidal thoughts.

During Mental Health Awareness Month

Learn more about the mental health effects of bullying, access information & resources on bullying prevention and GET HELP. Our resources page has tons of numbers and websites to look into if you're looking for resources!

Recognize the Signs of Depression and
Support the One's You Love!

Read the STOMP Out Bullying
"Pillars of Mental Health Awareness Support Guide"

The STOMP Out Bullying™ HelpChat Crisis Line

You are not alone! We’re here to help!

The goal of the STOMP Out Bullying™ Live HelpChat Crisis Line is to help you reduce the stress, depression and fear you are feeling as a result of being bullied and to empower you to make healthy decisions.

Connect with trained volunteers who can help support you without judgment. Our counselors have been specially trained to assist kids and teens who are feeling distressed as a result of being bullied and to respond to all requests for emotional support.

2024 Mental Health America Toolkit

Download their Mental Health Month toolkit. Available in English and in Spanish.