Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rio Library Mental Health Awareness Guide

Poster for Mental Health Month.  Text: May is Mental Health Month.  Risky Business.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Mental illness is sometimes called an "invisible illness" because it's not always easy to tell when someone is suffering from it. For example, many people who experience chronic anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems disguise their condition behind a facade of good-natured cheerfulness. The stigma of mental illness prevents many sufferers from confiding in friends and loved ones or getting the help that they need.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Risky Business. It is designed to educate the public about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. These include activities such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and inadequate or excessive exercise.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help support this important initiative.

Check out the Mental Health Awareness Guide today!