May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
CHS participates in raising awareness of mental health as part of a national campaign during the month of May. We believe in the importance of quality treatment, services, support and education to individuals, children and families affected by mental illness. CHS Cares.
During Mental Health Awareness Month – we encourage you to show how you care through sharing information and graphics. You can help raise awareness and end stigma around mental health.
Download our “I Care Because” printable PDF to post on social media, at home, or at your workplace.
Here are sample social media posts you can use:
Mental Health Facts
- 1 in 5 (46.6 million) adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day.
- 1 in 25 (11.2 million) adults in the United States experience a serious mental illness in a given year.
- 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
- Up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness as revealed by psychological autopsy. 46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental illness.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable.
- Individuals with mental health conditions face an average 11-year delay between experiencing symptoms and starting treatment.
- Common barriers to treatment include the cost of mental health care and insurance, prejudice and discrimination, and structural barriers like transportation.
- Even though most people can experience relief from symptoms and support for their recovery in treatment, less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need.
(Source: National Alliance on Mental Health, nami.org)