Mental health Awareness Month was first launched in 1949 to increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma, and highlight available resources for treatment and support. Since then, significant progress has been made in expanding access to mental health services, increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding of behavioral health conditions, and expanding crucial early intervention. Nonetheless, too many people still do not get the help they need and significant stigma persists associated with mental illness.
Over 40 million adults and children in America experience mental health issues each year, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and substance use disorders. One in five adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. We are all affected by mental illness through family, friends and co-workers. Each year, approximately 44,000 Americans take their own lives, with suicide being the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. Over 50,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2015. Yet through screening, early intervention, and treatment many of these deaths could have been prevented.
This month, MetroPlus renews its commitment to overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness, helping individuals living with mental health conditions to get the care they need, and helping them to access the resources, supports, and acceptance that they deserve. Throughout May, look for additional information, courtesy of our Behavioral Health team, to spotlight this important health issue. Meanwhile, click here to access our Achieve Solutions website -- filled with trusted information on mental health and substance use issues. With thousands of content items, including topical articles, educational resources, audio clips, videos, webinars and interactive self-assessment tools, Achieve Solutions helps individuals and their families to better cope with and manage their health concerns as well as everyday life challenges.