Adoption STAR acknowledges National Mental Health Month 2016.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, an obvious opportunity to take pause and reflect on those in our lives that are affected by mental illness. President Obama’s presidential proclamation regarding National Mental Health Awareness Month shared some eye-opening information about mental health in America:
“Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.”
Here’s a link to share with folks who may want to learn more about mental illness and/or National Mental Health Month 2016:
Here’s a practical link to an article that encourages folks to boost their mental health: