May is Mental Health Awareness Month

14 May May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40% of adults and nearly 50% of adolescents have a form of mental illness. Mental Health has evolved a lot over the past fifty years, as more people become comfortable communicating their struggles and seeking help to increase their wellness.

The Library has found these websites that offer reliable information and support for those seeking to improve their mental health, help shed light on disorders, and give direction on how to treat symptoms.

National Institute of Mental Health: This federal agency, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), takes the lead on research about mental health and treatment of mental health disorders. On this site, you can learn about current research on different disorders and treatments. You can find national statistics related to mental health. Most importantly are several resources for seeking treatment.

Mentalhealth.gov: This site is part of the National Institutes of Health, and has information collected from the National Institute of Mental Health and several other departments in the NIH.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: The ADAA is a nonprofit, worldwide organization that helps to educate the public about anxiety and depression. The Association is made up of over 1800 professionals, but also offers resources for the public, including a directory of certified therapists.

The Mighty: The Mighty is an online community of people who share their personal experiences about their “health journey”, including mental health. The Mighty is a way to hear first-hand experiences from people who share diagnoses and struggles, treatments and successes.