National Mental Health Awareness Month is an annual event that occurs throughout the month of May. Its purpose is to spread awareness about mental illness and break surrounding stigmas that can disrupt a person’s well-being.
With the help of campaigns and open discourse, the general attitude and associations toward mental illness have seen a shift toward a more understanding perspective. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and even Jim Carrey have opened up about their own battles with varying mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, further opening the conversation to show how even highly successful people can be suffering beneath the surface.
Mental illness is not uncommon among American adults. According to a 2017 report by the National Institute of Mental Health:
- 1 in 5 adults suffered from a general mental illness (46.6 million in 2017)
- 11.2 million adults suffered from a serious mental illness
- Women showed higher rates of both general and serious mental illness compared to men
Mental Health Awareness Month
Incepted initially in the 1940s, Mental Health Awareness started out as an awareness week and was later expanded to the month of May in the 1960s. During the month, National Health America, the prime sponsoring organization, will run a number of activities surrounding a theme related to mental health.
Mental illness refers to any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. The severity of a mental illness can widely vary from person to person. When a person suffers from more than one mental illness, it is comorbidity. Comorbidity is the presence of co-occurring disorders such as addiction and depression. In the case of comorbidity, a person would greatly benefit from dual diagnosis treatment.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Raising awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month also raises awareness for comorbid conditions. While not always the case, mental illness, and chemical dependency often run in tandem. Regardless of which came first, diagnosing and treating all underlying conditions has been observed as one of the best routes toward long-term recovery.
Finding a treatment center capable of dual diagnosis treatment can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best chance at a total recovery. Adequate treatment goes beyond just quitting a substance. If the root of the problem is left behind, the chance of relapse increases.
In addition to offering dual diagnosis treatment, First Step Center of sunny Arizona also specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and mens mental health programs. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility creates custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
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Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. First Step Center commits itself to your total recovery and ready to help you learn the skills you need to take back your life and start living again. To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Month or find treatment, call us now at 8668326398.