Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health and to help reduce the stigma that many people suffer from. Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to better understand the relationship between mental illness and violence, and to recognize that people with mental illness are much more likely to be victims of a crime than to commit it. The purpose of Mental Health Month is to promote public health initiatives that support mental health, prevent substance abuse, and provide treatment and support to promote recovery.
National Prevention Week (NPW) is a platform that brings together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Sandy Hook Promise's violence prevention work continues the legacy of dedication to student mental health. Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated every year in the United States with the goal of eliminating the stigma associated with people who have a mental illness. The pandemic has had a significant impact on our nation's mental health, particularly among children and teens.
Investing in young lives is essential for addressing mental health problems. Community Living Administration, Health Resources and Services Management, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Management are all important resources for those seeking help for mental health issues.