This post originally appeared on our blog in May 2012. However, we felt that mental health is a topic that needs repeating.
Nearly 60 million people - approximately one quarter of the adult population in America - suffer from diagnosable mental health disorders each year.
Since 1949, May has been designated as National Mental Health Month, in an effort to raise social awareness of mental health conditions and treatment. The website for Mental Health America is supporting this observance this year by providing an informative toolkit called "Do More for 1 in 4". This toolkit is "a call to action for Americans to help the 1 in 4 American adults in their lives who are living with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition". This toolkit provides information on some of the most common mental health disorders:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety Disorder (including panic, obsessive-compulsive, post traumatic stress, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorders)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Clinical Depression
For more information on the "Do More for 1 in 4" project, please see this link: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may.
If you are a member of the TWU community, you may be interested to know that the TWU Counseling Center provides a wide variety of services for students, faculty and staff. Their selection of resources includes counseling groups, outreach services, consultation services, and a variety of self-help materials. Additionally, they have many online resources, such as assessments and workshops.
Please feel free to share any other mental health resources that you feel might be beneficial!