During Mental Health Awareness Month (and all year long), the School of Behavioral wishes to express its deep appreciation for the dedication of our alumni, faculty, students, and LLUH clinicians who each day faithfully support the recovery and resiliency of individuals and families living with mental illness, struggling against addictive substance use, challenged by debilitating illness, surviving violence and sexual assault, and coping with food insecurity, housing instability, and other social stressors.
Celebrated across the United States since 1949, the theme for 2022 selected by Mental Health America is "Back to Basics." This year's theme provides a timely reminder of how important it is that all people, of all ages and from all communities, have access to accurate information about mental health and mental conditions—and what to do if there are concerns for someone's mental health.
More than ever before, access to information about mental health has become as important as all other types of healthcare information. Over the last few years, the pandemic, racial and social injustices, as well as violence at home around the world have made it clear that it is unquestionably time to acknowledge mental health as an essential component of overall health and well-being, and that mental health issues are common and treatable. So, let us all now take time to remind ourselves and others that mental health is the right of all humans, and that those living with mental health issues deserve our compassion, understanding, support, and care.
Please don't let Mental Health Awareness Month silently pass you by. Spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. Join in the celebration of hope and healing that is May—Mental Health Awareness Month.
"In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety." —Abraham Maslow
Resources for your learning, or to share with others:
- Mental Health America (MHA)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- NIMH: Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Home Mental Health in the Age of COVID
- The Relationship between Mental Health, Mental Illness and Chronic Physical Conditions
- 2018 National Survey of Drug Use and Health
- Suicide Rates by State 2022
- School of Behavioral Health COVID-19/Mental Health Resources