Mind Your Mental Health is Magellan Healthcare’s educational initiative designed to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.
includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.
is common and treatable. About one in five in the U.S. experience mental illness. Sadly, because of the stigma with mental illness, many people do not get the treatment they need.
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Helpful tips for May—Mental Health Month
Traditionally, people often hesitated to seek help or even talk about mental health for fear of being judged and facing backlash. However, the issue is now entering more and more of our daily conversations. We’re making progress.
- Talking with others about mental health and medications helps normalize the process of getting behavioral health care. Learn how to stop mental health stigma.
- The average delay between symptom onset and obtaining treatment is 11 years, meaning a lot of people still spend months or years facing mental health problems before being diagnosed and treated. Find tips to overcome barriers to getting care.
- When facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. Watch a video about getting help during a crisis.
Informational statistics for May—Mental Health Month
While mental health is important to address year-round, emphasizing mental health awareness during May provides a time for people to come together and help reduce mental illness stigma. Learn more:
- 46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14.
- Over half (54.7%) of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, totaling over 28 million individuals.
- 6.34% of youth in the U.S. reported a substance use disorder in the past year.
- Over 1 in 10 youth in the U.S. are experiencing depression that is severely impairing their ability to function at school or work, at home, with family, or in their social life.
Mental health topics
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Reduce Loneliness and Increase Connection
Mental health in children
Depression in Children and Teens
Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Support for yourself and others
Mental Health Problems and Stigma
If you are in a crisis or considering suicide, or if you or someone you know is currently in danger, please call 911 immediately.