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May is National Mental Health Month

Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as Mental Health Month) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings.

According to the CDC, 8.7% of people who have incomes below the poverty level report severe psychological distress.

Low-income communities tend to have specific characterizations such as limited resources, poor houses, high crime and violence rates, and an inadequate school system, which are all associated with poor mental health outcomes.

Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by Mental Health America (MHA) (then known as the National Association for Mental Health).

The world is constantly changing – for better or for worse – and it can be overwhelming to deal with everything going on around you. While society is getting more comfortable discussing mental health, it can still be hard to know “Where to Start” when it comes to taking care of your own well-being.

This May, Mental Health America will help you:

  • LEARN how modern life affects mental health with new resources to navigate our changing world.

  • ACT by building your coping toolbox so you can manage stress, difficult emotions, and challenging situations.

  • ADVOCATE to improve mental health for yourself, your friends and family, and your community.

Poverty causes stressors such as insecurity and uncertainty about food, housing, and income.

For anyone struggling with the pressure of today's world, feeling alone, or wondering if they can feel better, this is Where to Start.



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