Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Raising Awareness for Mental Health Month

Raising Awareness for Mental Health Month

Recently, there has been more public awareness regarding mental health issues and an attempt to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness.

At the federal level, the National Association on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts is concerned how changes to the Affordable Care Act could impact services. Wilson, along with Dr. Stacee Reicherzer and Dr. Franc Hudspeth, deans in SNHU's clinical mental health counseling program, said the awareness of mental health has undergone a metamorphosis since the observance began in 1949. That's still often not the case for other, harder to treat conditions, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

"I wanted to do something around Christmas time and kind of use the band as a way to do some good in the city. But there's still a huge discomfort".

Although we can not physically see the illness, it looks like that person is choosing to think or act that way.

The Austin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted a lunch where one woman opened up about the stigma in her home.

"Mind Games" is a festival that will bring together many of Auckland's finest local, independent bands and artists to raise funds for The Mental Health Foundation and increase awareness about mental health in New Zealand, with a particular focus on the mental wellbeing of the artistic and musical communities.

"Prevention is the best strategy, and the best prevention is the basics: Maintain close friendships, build in time to relax and do nothing and try to eat and sleep as well as possible during the chaos of college", Scott said. In an exclusive interview with Mediaplanet, Mayim share what being stigma-free means to her as it is so important that we, as a society overcome the negative sigma commonly associate with mental health issues. "We can prevent a lot of things". These are just a few of the symptoms people might experience. With the Body Image Task Force, Danielle organizes events, workshops, and campaigns to promote healthy body image, self-confidence, and mental health on campus. "There's a realization that everyone is fighting a different battle and you can't fight it for someone else but you can try to understand", she says. They have a real psychiatric illness: They feel ill, and are often just not at ease in their bodies.

She's particularly interested in finding better ways to offer affordable treatment to people who are struggling. "My wish would be for people to see what they've done to endure and move ahead in their life, the relationships they've successfully fostered, the decisions they've made to leave bad situations, the ability to endure and create even small or temporary spaces of joy".

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