Why Do We Need A Mental Health Month?

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We need a Mental Health Month because in this busy world, it reminds us to focus in on what's really important.

Why Do We Need A Mental Health Month?

May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health America has been leading the observance for more than 60 years. We need a Mental Health Month because in this busy world, it reminds us to focus in on what's really important. This year's key message deals with wellness. Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. It's about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.

One key point that struck a chord with me was MHA's definition of wellness as being more than just the absence of disease. As we all know, there is no true cure for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD or other mental illnesses. With that in mind, MHA encourages everyone to "develop a set of skills and strategies that prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being." You can accomplish that through

  • mental-health-month-art-03-healthyplacea balanced diet
  • regular exercise
  • enough sleep
  • a sense of self-worth
  • development of coping skills that promote resiliency
  • emotional awareness
  • connections to family, friends and community

And one more thing - many go to their doctor for their annual physical. Shouldn't you be checking in regularly with your therapist or doctor to make sure your mental health is okay too?

5 Mental Health Articles to Share in May

  1. What is a Mental Illness?
  2. What are the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?
  3. Online Psychological Tests
  4. What To Do If You Have A Mental Illness
  5. Coming to Terms with a Family Member's Mental Illness

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What do you find is most harmful to your mental health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 260 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

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. Adapting to Living with a Psychological Disorder
  2. Making a Bipolar Medication Change Safety Plan
  3. Have an Escape Plan to Get Away From Domestic Violence

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.


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Also, we are looking for a new blogger to write on LGBT and mental health issues. Could you be that person? More info here.

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.


Stand Up for Mental Health

It's Time to Put an End to Mental Health Stigma

You don't have to tolerate mental health stigma in your life. Stand Up for Yourself. Stand Up for Mental Health.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • The Mind of a Con Man
  • The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder
  • Should Gun Restrictions Be Placed on Veterans With PTSD?
  • Playing for All Kinds of Possibilities: A Child's Imagination
  • How Therapy Can Help in the Golden Years
  • Big Love: Are We Naturally Polygamous?
  • What Goes Around Comes Around: Helping Others Does Pay Off.
  • People With Mental Health Problems Say Partners 'Not Fazed' When Told About Their Condition
  • 1 Million Hours Of Psychiatrist Time Wasted On Phone Annually Getting Insurance Approvals For Hospitalization Of The Mentally Ill: Harvard Researchers
  • Green Spaces Boost Wellbeing In Cities
  • Autism Linked to Epilepsy Drug Use in Pregnancy
  • Delayed Psychosis Treatment Harms Chance of Success

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. (2013, May 1). Why Do We Need A Mental Health Month?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 23 from

Last Updated: October 2, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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