Mental Health AwarenessSome individuals with untreated mental illness make headlines - the movie theatre shooters, the suicides, and the school shootings are just a few examples. All of us have been touched in some way by mental illness, either by witnessing the horror along with the rest of the country, or in our own personal lives. And yet, millions of Americans live with some form of untreated mental illness. Mental Health Month has been observed for more than 60 years. Organizations across the country hold activities, conduct public awareness campaigns, and do mental health screenings to observe this month and educate others. The theme this year is Pathways to Wellness. Organizers are focusing on the fact our wellness is "tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health". An excerpt from the Mental Health America website, which has led the way in the campaign to create awareness for mental health, states that:
- We must take stock of our well-being through regular mental health checkups and screenings. Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it's a good idea to take periodic reading of our emotional well-being.
- Using strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health and prevent mental health and substance use conditions lead to improved general health and a healthier society: greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and families that stay together.