Mental Health Month, observed in May and sponsored by Mental Health America, will tie this year’s Mental Health Month theme to the content of its 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. The intent behind this theme is to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present — especially to young people — to help individuals detect these early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.
Mental Health Month supports The Mental Health Month campaign, which is titled Risky Business. This awareness campaign will educate the public about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or are signs of mental health problems themselves. These include such diverse risk factors as sedentary lifestyles, hyper-sexuality, recreational drug use, internet/gaming addiction, disordered eating, and other obsessive/addictive behaviors.
Mental health conditions affect about one in five American every year. So why is it still so hard to talk about? Although society has become more understanding and accepting of mental health issues, the stigma still exists. Bringing awareness to the stigma of mental illness is the first step in fighting for change.
Mental Health Month Sponsor:
Mental Health America
To learn more, visit http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
Examples of Mental Health Disorders:
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Functional Neurological Disorder/Conversion Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Schizoid Personality Disorder
The awareness color for Mental Health is Lime Green.