While I understand the “Awareness” of certain conditions and diseases switches each month, I believe mental health and suicide should be a year round awareness.
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in young people
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- 1 in 5 people live with a mental health condition
Mental health conditions are not going away either. Unlike cancers, and other diseases, there is a negative stigma attached to these individuals and their diagnosis. Making it even harder to rally awareness and positive support.
The thing is, we have the ability to help and support people.
Start here on the NAMI get involved page
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I work, volunteer, and have personal dealings with mental health. I would bet everyone on has interacted with someone on some level of mental illness.
You could save a life.