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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Your mental health includes how you feel, think, and act. It also includes your social and emotional well-being.

Mental Health Statistics

Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness each year. One in five adults will experience a mental illness each year. And nearly 50% of people with a mental illness receive treatment. One in twenty-five adults live with a serious mental illness including bipolar disorder, major depression, or schizophrenia.


Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness month is a national movement in May to increase awareness about mental health, fight the stigma associated with it, celebrate recovery, and support Americans with mental illness and their families. It was first established in 1949.


Take Care of Yourself

Your mental health can affect your overall well-being. It can hinder your ability to make healthy lifestyle choices, think clearly, and combat chronic disease. Here are some good strategies for taking care of yourself:

  • Create healthy routines. Exercising, eating good foods, and getting enough sleep are all part of a healthy routine.
  • Own your feelings. Take time to identify your feelings. It can help you to better cope in challenging situations.
  • Connect with others. Spend time with loved ones. Connections can enrich your life and assist you through tough times.
  • Learn your triggers. Learn what things you respond negatively to can help you keep track of and be aware of how you react.


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Additional Resources

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health at Work Initiative

National Alliance on Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Alliance on Mental Illness

5 ways to support employee mental health

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”