May is National Mental Health Month: Participate in the National Community Dialogue
By Jayme Pendergraft
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During May, communities come together to promote awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Mental illness affects most families. One in four Americans will have a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24. Mental illnesses include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, among many others. To increase access to care and create an open dialogue about mental illness, communities must address service system issues.
In 2013, President Barack Obama called for a “national conversation to increase understanding about mental health”...