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It’s Time to Speak Out About Mental Illness

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How to Help Comfort and Heal Those with Mental Illness

It’s no secret that mental illness has a stigma. There have long been stereotypes surrounding mental illness that can prevent those affected from seeking treatment or speaking to others about their struggles. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults with mental illness didn’t receive mental health services last year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Each of us is touched in some way by mental illness. NAMI says one in five adults experiences a mental illness in his or her lifetime and one in 25 lives with a serious mental illness. So, it’s time the stigma ends.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness includes many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. The conditions might involve changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Many conditions are associated with extreme sadness that affects functioning in day-to-day activities. Mental illness frequently requires treatment with some form of medication or intervention by a personal doctor.

Get involved

May is recognized across the U.S. as Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental Health America has designed a challenge for each day in May to make small changes – both physical and mental – to improve your overall health and well-being. Visit for the challenge of the day.

Join with us to encourage more people to talk openly about mental health, sharing stories that personalize the issues. After all, we all struggle from time to time. Some of us just struggle more than others.

Read about and take the Stigma Free Pledge at

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