Back in 1949, Mental Health America started Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental health and the crises that occur when we fail to address mental health concerns early and effectively.
This year for May is Mental Health Month, MHA is talking about Risky Business. MHA believes it is important to educate people about habits and behaviors that will increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.
Risk factors include: risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use and troublesome exercise patterns.
When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.
For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.