FAH Hospital Policy Blog

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FAH Policy Blog Team

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Everyone is going through something. SNL actor Pete Davidson, singer Mariah Carey, and NBA star Kevin Love are just three of the 43.7 million Americans who experience a mental health condition each year, according to Mental Health America.

However, statistics show only 1 in 5 people living with mental illness will receive treatment. It’s time to end the stigma surrounding a mental illness diagnosis. 

FAH and its member companies are joining other health care industry leaders to bring awareness to the numerous treatment options available to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and other disorders.

The theme this year “Fitness #4Mind4Body” is shining a light on the mind-body connection which recognizes that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions have an effect on our biological functions. The theme is encouraging healthy habits like exercising regularly, reducing screen time throughout the day, and taking time to breathe intentionally. Most importantly, it’s highlighting the importance of getting help when you or a loved one needs it.

May is the month to get involved. Check in on your mental wellness using this screening tool from Mental Health America and pledge to start a new healthy habit. Tell us what it is and join the conversation using #MHAM #MHS2018 and #4Mind4Body.