May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is national Mental Health Awareness month. With the support of President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services, there is hope to bring awareness and a sense of acceptance to mental health across the nation.

In the U.S. 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. A few disorders that we typically hear about include the autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and psychotic disorders. Mental health disorders can affect a person in a variety of ways whether personally at home or in the work place. They may also begin early in adulthood or develop later in life.

It may be difficult for an individual with a mental illness to receive help due to the stigma associated with it. However, with the right doctors and treatment a healthy prosperous life is possible. This month medical professionals, parents, and advocates from all around the nation join forces to break the stigma and hope to create a new front to mental health.

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