May brings Mental Health month, a month focused on spreading the word that mental health is a serious issue that should be talked and cared about. The theme for 2016 is Life With A Mental Illness and will call on individuals who suffer from mental illnesses and ask them to depict what it’s like to live with a mental illness using pictures, words, and videos. People are asked to share what mental health feels like in an effort to remove the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and those who suffer from them.
Mental illness affects approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States alone meaning that it is the leading cause of disability and yet it is still not talked about as much as it should be. Mental illness can have a huge negative impact on an individual’s day and can have effects such as chronic anxiety, erratic thinking, changes in mood, exaggerated sense of self-worth, and impulsive actions. That is just a few of the things that are impacted by mental illness.
To get involved in Mental Health Month, you can share your experience living with a mental illness using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike on social media or submitting it anonymously to the Mental Health America (MHA) website and they will be posted on a special page on MHA’s website. This is all in an effort to eliminate the stigma and discrimination against mental illnesses as well as show those who suffer from them that they are not alone in their feelings or symptoms.