May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is a special time for people to educate themselves and others, advocate and fight the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

It’s important to take action because 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition. And, 1 in 25 adults in the country lives with a serious mental illness.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently issued a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

In it, he highlighted the importance of everyone getting involved in raising awareness and fighting stigma.

“All Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives, and should feel comfortable in seeking help and support to manage these time,” Gov. Ducey stated.

He also noted that “the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Department of Corrections, local business, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers, and any other type of organization as well as citizens, have a responsibility to promote mental well-being as part of a person’s overall health.”

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.