Now that it’s May, it’s time to talk about teen mental health. While mental health should be discussed every day, May is the official month where mental health organizations from all over the country put out a call for mental health education. According to Mental Health America:
Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.
For more information about Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
Here is a list of organizations that provide a wealth information about mental health awareness:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental Health America (MHA)
National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)
American Psychological Association (APA)
National Council for Mental Health (NCMH)
Teen mental health has become an important topic all over the country as teens are facing extraordinary challenges causing teens to develop serious mental disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that stated “[e]ver having been diagnosed with either anxiety or depression among children aged 6–17 years increased from 5.4% in 2003 to 8% in 2007 and to 8.4% in 2011–2012.” As these numbers continue to rise, teens have taken it up themselves to advocate for their own mental health and the library can assist them along the way.