Mental Health Month
The Hoan will be lit lime green in recognition of Mental Health Month.
Mental Health Month was started by our organization, Mental Health America, which was known at the time as the National Association for Mental Health. It was, and still is, recognized by a presidential proclamation. The purpose of Mental Health Month is to raise awareness, educate the public about mental health conditions, and reduce the stigma that surrounds these conditions. One in five Americans will experience a mental health condition in a given year, and 50% of Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. It is important that those experiencing early symptoms of a mental health condition know what to look for, and that Americans are educated about how a mental health condition might feel. For those who think they may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, Mental Health America offers free, anonymous, clinically-validated screenings at www.mhascreening.org. These screenings save lives.
Mental Health America is not the only organization to run Mental Health Month campaigns throughout May. Many other similar nonprofit organizations choose to host awareness observances that coincide with Mental Health Month. Awareness benefits us all, and the more organizations that recognize the month, the better.