May is Mental Health Month. Did you know that?
1. About one in five American adults will have a mental health condition in any given year, but only 41 percent of them will seek services.
2. About 10 percent of the American adult population will have a mood disorder, such as bipolar or depression.
3. 18 percent have an anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
4. In 2014, there were an estimated 46 million adults (age 18 or older) in the US with a mental illness.
5. Over 31 Million adults (13.7% of the population) receive mental health services during the past 12 months.
6. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
7. Serious mental illnesses include: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
8. Every year, as many as 10 million Americans who have serious mental illnesses don’t receive adequate treatment.
9. Mental health conditions are the second most reason employees miss work. And by 2020, major depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.
10. Between 70% and 90% of people with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life, with proper care and treatment.
Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable, according to Mental Health America. Recovery is possible. But not all of us think about our mental health enough. If you’ve had trouble sleeping lately, if you’ve been experiencing racing thoughts, or if you’re just curious, take the mental health screenings and discuss the results with a care provider.
BHcare is planning a variety of free community events in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month including two art shows – May 8 at Blackstone Library in Branford and May 28 at the Valley Social Club in Ansonia and a Mental Health Awareness Month Block Party on May 28 in Ansonia. All events are free and open to the public.