MAY IS MENTAL
HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH Millions of people
in the United States deal with mental health disorders each year, with
one in 5 people being affected by a disorder at some point in their life.
Yet less than half receive help. Though the stigma surrounding mental
health has improved, it still prevents people from getting the treatment
they need today.
According to recent studies, adults between the ages of 18 to 25 make up
the highest percentage of people struggling with mental illness, but
compared to other age groups, they also report the lowest rates of
seeking treatment. Many people feel their mental health is not as
important as their physical health or feel ashamed or embarrassed to
admit they have a mental problem. As a result, some ignore their mental
health concerns while others try to treat their symptoms by themselves.
Read more about mental health and the need to break the stigma
surrounding seeking treatment.
• Spend time with
friends and loved ones.
• Dedicate some time to activities you enjoy – whether it’s going for a
run or cozying up to read a book. (Need a book recommendation? Click
for our list!)
• Practice mindfulness. Activities such as yoga and meditation are common
• Disconnect and enjoy some time away from technology
HOW CAN EMPLOYERS
• Promote on-site
• Encourage work-life balance
• Open the lines of communication regarding mental health
• Make mental health in the workplace a priority
INFORMATION ON MENTAL HEALTH?
Listen to a
special mental health episode of our The Crack in Everything podcast, which
features a discussion behind the science of mental health with some
experts in the field.