May is Mental Health Awareness Month

by McKensie Shiner

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness month?

The purpose of this month is to not only educate the public but to raise awareness of the rising number of Americans who currently suffer from mental illnesses.

May 2021 is even more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health in many Americans over the course of the last year as our lives were turned upside down.

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s easy to get down on yourself in the midst of a global pandemic. With not much to do and the majority of time being spent indoors, you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut. Battling a mental illness during these trying times makes it all much harder.

While things seem to be shifting back to normal in a sense, there is something that never has, though; the stigma behind mental health. The truth is, mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. Both are equally as important as the other.

A great aspect of Mental Health Awareness Month is the fight to remove the stigma around it. Many find this topic one of unimportance or uncomfortableness, but it is something that needs to be discussed as nearly 1 in 5 adults in the US live with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

If you are struggling with one or more of these disorders, we want to help you. Contact us to gain support in a friendly and safe environment free of judgment and stigmas.

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