May 5, 2022 (Reprint from OMH Spring Newsletter)
OMH and its partners are working to increase awareness of mental health issues
Since it was first declared in 1949 by the organization known at the time as the National Association for Mental Health – now Mental Health America (MHA) – May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. MHA’s theme for this year’s observance is: “Back to Basics,” with the goal of providing foundational knowledge about mental health and mental health conditions, and information about what people can do. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), meanwhile, has titled its celebration: “Together for Mental Health,” offering to use this time to bring voices together to advocate for mental health and access to care.
The wording may be different, but the essential concepts behind both are the same:
· The trauma of mental illness is real.
· Recovery is possible.
· Support is vital.
· Everyone should have an opportunity for a full life.
OMH is conducting several of its own activities during May to help make the public more aware of mental health issues and reduce the impact of stigma in our society. This edition of OMH News discusses some of these projects and the innovative programs the state continues to put into place to help those whose lives are affected by mental illness. We welcome your comments at: firstname.lastname@example.org.