If you or someone you love is dealing with an "invisible" illness--most notably mental and emotional health issues that are impossible to observe from the outside--you may feel lost, abandoned, and alone. Many people don't understand the trials that you face or the difficulties that you experience in simply trying to live out your everyday life. That's why the month of May is dedicated to mental health awareness.
National Awareness Month
Throughout the month, Mental Health America and their partners will dedicate themselves to providing screenings, increasing awareness, and increasing not only the odds that people with mental illnesses will receive the treatment that they need, but that they will receive the support they so desperately want from their friends and family.
Children's Awareness Week
From May 3 through May 9, 2015, the focus will shift towards children with mental disabilities. In addition to the National Federation of Families' green ribbon campaign, which is designed to celebrate children and increase awareness of children's mental and emotional health issues, National Children's Mental Health Week is marked by an increase in awareness about mental disorders common in children. This year's theme is "Mental Health is Fundamental." The campaign seeks to make mental and emotional health awareness part of all physical health screenings, pushing the integration of mental illness into the health of the body as a whole instead of allowing it to be ignored.
National Children's Awareness Day
May 7, specifically, is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Children have a wide variety of behavioral health issues, many of which may go for quite some time without being diagnosed if the symptoms aren't recognized by the adults around them. Children often do not possess the same self-awareness that adults do; it's harder for them to look at themselves and recognize that there's something going on in their heads that not everyone has to deal with. This annual observance is dedicated to increasing awareness of behavioral health issues and integrating those issues into normal physical health screenings.
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