National Mental Health Awareness Month

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Today, I was so happy to read that May has been declared National Mental Health Awareness Month. If you’ve read my last few posts, you know that I am passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health issues and seeking therapy. I think that the shame and stigma associated with seeking help often prevents people from getting the services. Erasing this stigma will allow people to live fuller lives and even save lives. Changing this stigma needs to occur on both a personal and societal level. Individually, people need to examine their own thoughts and biases towards mental health issues and how those influences their thoughts and actions. At the same time, society needs to work to create a culture where asking for help is viewed as a courageous act of strength. Politics aside, I am happy to see the President give mental health issues a national focus.

“As a Nation, it is up to all of us to know the signs of mental health issues and lend a hand to those who are struggling. Shame and stigma too often leave people feeling like there is no place to turn. We need to make sure they know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it is a sign of strength.” ~ President Barak Obama