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GEN: Mental Health Awareness

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Mental Health Awareness & Resources

Mythinformation about Mental Health
Myth: Mental health problems don't affect me.

Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common. In 2020, about:

  • One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
  • One in 6 young people experienced a major depressive episode
  • One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it was the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. It accounted for the loss of more than 45,979 American lives in 2020, nearly double the number of lives lost to homicide. 

Information about Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Info from Mental

National Resources

  • Active Minds
  • Facing Us
    Sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and features information about the impact and management of mental illnesses. Online tools include journaling, a wellness plan and a wellness tracker.
    Provides comprehensive information for mental and emotional health; family and relationships; healthy living; and seniors and aging.