This week is Mental Illness Week and we have been sharing facts and statistics all week to create more education and awareness around mental health. Sharing this information also helps to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The first week of October each year is Mental Illness Awareness Week. While organizations and advocates nationwide use this week to spread awareness around mental illness and fight the stigma, mental health is an issue that should be discussed year-round.
Approximately 1 out of 5 adults in the U.S. suffer from a mental health condition. Although it is apparent that mental health is a serious and important condition to recognize, there still stands a stigma that stops many individuals from seeking the health care that they need. In an effort to raise awareness around mental health and encourage those who are suffering to reach out for help, Mental Health Awareness Month occurs annually during the month of May.