May is Mental Health Awareness Month
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- 1 in 5S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- This means that either you or someone you know has been impacted.
- 1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020 (17 million individuals).
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
This year, Mental Health Awareness Month will amplify the message, “More Than Enough.” According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, this campaign is a message for hope and inclusion. “All people, no matter where they are on their mental health journey, are deserving of support, resources, fulfillment and a community that cares.”
Stigma often exists because of negative stereotypes or myths. For example, some people might believe that treatment does not help. However, mental health conditions such as anxiety are very treatable, but only 36% of people go to get help. Others believe that anxiety just happens, or that it is very uncommon. This, again, is untrue. Anxiety disorder it the most common mental health disorder in the US, and it is caused by several factors such as brain activity to genetics, to life events.
If you are in a mental health crisis, there are numerous resources available. Please contact any resource listed below:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line – Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1
National Alliance on Mental Illness Help Line – Call 1-800-950-6264 or Text 62640
Mental Health America – Call or Text 988 or Chat 988lifeline.org (available 24/7). You can also reach Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741741.
For Spanish speakers, call 1-888-628-9454
For Deaf or hard of hearing, dial 771, then 1-800-273-8255
Rainbow House Agency Mission Statement
We believe: No one deserves to be abused be it emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually. Our prime service is the safety and empowerment of all victims and their children. We Will: Provide prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.