All About Mental Health Awareness Month


Ethan Nguyen, Contributor

There are 26% of Americans 18 and older who are suffering from a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness is a month celebrated in May for people to be more aware of people who are suffering from a mental illness. Mental health issues have been rising and it has been affecting young teens who are still in school. Mental illness has horrible symptoms such as depression, extreme mood changes, and excessive fears and guilt. Mental illness is a serious thing and we must be aware of it.

What is mental illness?

According to, it states, “Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.” The CDC states that more than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

When and Who started Mental Health Awareness Month start?

Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. It was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health).

Why is mental health important?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health problems have been increasing in young kids rapidly by 52% from 2005 to 2017 among kids who are 12 to 17 years old. Mental health can affect you, and it could be life-changing. It could just not affect you, but it could affect your friends and family. Mental health issues are not a joke, and we must help them overcome this in order to save humanity. We must be aware of people who are suffering from mental health illnesses.

Common mental health illnesses

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  4. Bipolar disorder
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  6. Schizophrenia.
  7. Eating disorder

How to treat a mental illness

1. Lifestyle (exercise, dietary changes etc)

2. Therapy

3. Medication

In conclusion, Mental Health Awareness Month is an important month that we should be aware of people who are suffering from a mental illness and celebrate the ones who have been cured. Mental health is very important and we must take care of it.