Mental Health Awareness Month 2012

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Why is Mental Health Awareness Month Important?

MHAM LogoMay is "Mental Health Awareness Month." It was started by the great support organization, Mental Health America, over 60 years ago.

We've been highlighting it every day on our site and social networks. Most people are very positive about it, but some pooh-pooh it as just another promotion; something dreamed up by the pharma companies to generate more profits.

Here's why we believe Mental Health Awareness Month is so important:

  1. 1 in 4 (or 1 in 5 depending on whose statistics you use) have a diagnosable mental illness. They should not have to hide in any fashion because of stigma associated with mental illness.
  2. Many with a mental health condition don't know they have something that can be helped with treatment. These people are experiencing the symptoms of a mental illness, but they haven't connected it with the mental health condition. (Watch "I Didn't Recognize Depression Symptoms in Myself")

Like anything, media attention and campaigns like this are especially effective in bringing attention to these two issues. We hope you'll help spread the word.

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We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone Who is Depressed
  2. Verbal Abuse and Brainwashing
  3. The Link between Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

I want to introduce our new blogger to you.

  • Chris Curry, is starting our new Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog this week.

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

EMDR Self-Help Techniques on HealthyPlace TV

EMDR therapy is known for it's quick relief of PTSD symptoms resulting from traumas like rape and combat. Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered and developed EMDR. We did a great interview with Dr. Shapiro discussing how EMDR works, its benefits, plus new self-help techniques you can use to counter negative thoughts and emotions. Watch EMDR Self-Help Techniques.

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, May 4). Mental Health Awareness Month 2012, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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