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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

"Exercise Plays Vital Role Maintaining Brain Health." Photo credit: A Health Blog / Foter / CC BY-SA

“Exercise Plays Vital Role Maintaining Brain Health.”
Photo credit: A Health Blog / Foter / CC BY-SA

President Obama first declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month in 2013 which opened conversations about mental illness and strengthened the movement to improve resources. Mental illnesses can be debilitating if left untreated, but some of the most creative and artistic people have been diagnosed with one. Actors, musicians, writers, educators; no one is immune to a mental illness. In the same way, a physical illness puts a strain on the body and needs time to heal, mental illnesses alter brain function and need time to be properly treated and monitored.

Stigma often overshadows accomplishment when talking about mental illnesses, but many people are able to lead fulfilling lives, engage with those around them and achieve great feats. Treatment is important and Mental Health Awareness Month is a chance to make a difference in the community. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) organization offers local support and opportunities to get involved in the United States.  Other organizations like Mentalhealth.gov and Mental Health America are full of information too. Getting involved in mental health awareness and fighting against social stigmas can be as easy as starting a conversation.

 

ProQuest Mental Health Leading Issue Screencap via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

ProQuest Mental Health Leading Issue Screencap via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

If you would like to start a conversation or a debate regarding mental health awareness in the classroom, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher has Leading Issues on Mental Health and Mental Depression to begin learning. Learning about mental health and mental illnesses in the classroom provides a safe place for students to discuss concerns, opinions and ask questions. The more comfortable we become with understanding these issues, the more empowered we are to help make changes in the future.

How are you engaging in mental health awareness? Comment below or let us know at #ProQuest