May is Mental Health Month and we should all raise awareness to stop the stigma that accompanies mental illness. Chances are that you have been impacted by mental illness, perhaps through a family member, a friend, or even your own personal struggle.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health:
• An estimated 26.2% of Americans 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
• Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people aged 15-44.
• Mental illness, including suicide, accounts for over 15% of the burden of disease in established economies.
Many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence
Remember children’s mental health awareness day May 6, 2010
In order to educate viewers and help end the stigma of mental illness, Discovery Health has designated May 2-7 as Psych Week, an in-depth look at a variety of mental disorders, from debilitating anxiety disorders to the rare case of a child born schizophrenic.