From Monday, May 1-Sunday, May 31, 2022, is Mental Health Awareness Week. Join the fight for mental health this year.
During this pandemic, millions of people have struggled with mental illness or saw a loved one struggle. And we’ve seen that the help we all need isn’t commonly accessible. We must take that opportunity to intensify the struggle for mental health for them, for us, and for you. Fighting for change, fairness, respect, and life-changing support is a big part of that.
We all have heard the world’s famous phrase that health is wealth but we can rephrase it a little and say that mental health is wealth, especially in the month of May which is celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Almost all societies in the world have faced the stigma related to mental health and its treatment, although it started to change now even in developing countries too still people don’t feel comfortable to open up when it comes to talking to someone about their issues bothering them mentally. A lot of people prefer to suffer silently just because they have fear of being judged, they simply hesitate to seek help or even talk about it with their loved ones, thinking that it will make them more vulnerable.
It’s a basic understanding in terms of health-related issues that if someone is hurt or gets any unusual signs and symptoms in the body, he should seek professional help to get better. This applies not only to physical but also to mental well-being. To help people overcome the hesitation which they feel when opening up about their issues related to mental health, not only the month of May was dedicated but a more universal day is celebrated by the WHO on October 10 as well which is known as World Mental Health Day.
Mental Health Awareness Month History
It started back in 1949, to celebrate the month of May as mental Health Awareness Month by the Mental Health America organization. It was first known as National Mental Health Association and was founded by Clifford Whittingham Beers. Beers were born in 1876 in Connecticut. He got the sensitivity about this issue mainly due to the fact that his whole family i.e. all five members suffered from mental illness and psychological distress. He was admitted to the hospital for this reason and from there he discovered that the medical field had a reputation for malpractice, maltreatment, and bias for mental health-related issues. Later Beers did a great job in this field, he wrote a book “A Mind That Found Itself”, which is a bestseller even today. With the help and support of medical professionals, Beers founded the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. The very purpose of this association was to find ways to make sure that patients having mental health issues did not feel alone and received the right care without any biases.
Many events are held this month and the organizers make sure to cover all events by media and well-known figures like politicians and actors. Every year a theme is selected and then highlighted throughout the month of May. This topic is more relevant currently due to the current pandemic, millions of us experienced a mental health problem ourselves or at least seen a loved one struggling with it.
2022 Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness month 2022 is far more important than any other year. The theme of this year in the UK is Loneliness. Why loneliness because we all know that being alone is a nightmare for almost all of us and reducing the probability of its occurrence in everyone’s life is a major step towards a mentally healthy society. There are numerous organizations out there who are working for the upcoming month of mental health with the Mantra “Together for Mental Health.” These organizations will bring their voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care through their blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements, and national events.
Play your part in the fight for mental health, and continue to support those of us who suffer from mental illness.
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