May was established as Mental Health Month in 1949 to increase the public’s awareness of mental health conditions and the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders. Last year, 45.9 million adult Americans had a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Chances are that you know someone that has experienced mental illness, or maybe you have suffered yourself. Mental Health Month is meant to celebrate recovery and to promote prevention and treatment. According to SAMHSA, “We know that mental health is essential for a person’s overall health; prevention works; treatment is effective; and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.”
National Prevention Week is May 20-26, 2012. The purpose of this awareness week is to recognize the efforts of groups and individuals who work to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional and behavioral well being throughout the year. The timing of this event is perfect – the end of May usually coincides with the end of the school year and the beginning of many celebrations for people young and old (prom, graduation parties, family gatherings, weddings, camping excursions, boating, etc.) that sometimes include mind-altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website “The percentages of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July), and the timing of National Prevention Week 2012 will help to raise awareness in youth at this crucial time of year.”
At Inner Door Center® we are constantly reaching out to the community to promote mental health awareness especially related to eating disorders and substance abuse. We have found that many people are misinformed about these conditions, or have very little experience with them. Currently Inner Door Center® is planning an outreach event called Stereotype Event to raise awareness in our community about eating disorder prevention and treatment. Visit the Stereotype Event website for more information.
Also, look for our blog article tomorrow featuring how Inner Door Center® helped raise mental health awareness in our own community on Cinco de Mayo!
If you or someone you know is dealing with substance abuse problems or has an eating disorder, please visit our website at www.innerdoorcenter.com to learn more about our unique treatment programs.