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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, we join the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

Read the Presidential Proclamation

Click Here for an Interactive Help-Finding Tool

When you’ve decided to seek help, knowing what resources are available and where to start can be tricky. Answer the questions below to help you figure out your options for getting help.

Click Here to Read Personal Stories

Throughout the month, NAMI will feature personal stories from people experiencing mental health conditions. By reading about lived experience, we aim to encourage people to prioritize their mental health and increase awareness about mental illness.

Share your story and tell us what the message of “Together for Mental Health” means to you!

Click Here to View Resources for Living Mentally Healthy

Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is “Back to Basics.” After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. MHA provides foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern.

Fast Facts

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and less than half of them receive treatment.

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience a serious mental illness each year, and less than two-thirds of them receive treatment.

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, and only half of them receive treatment.

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.

  • 55% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist.

  • 1 in 5 young people report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.

  • 1 in 10 young people under age 18 experience a mental health condition following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

  • In 2020, there was a 31% increase in mental health-related emergency department visits among U.S. adolescents.

  • Three quarters of Americans (75%) say they are not content with the state of mental health treatment in this country. That is particularly true if they are diagnosed with a mental health condition (84%).

  • 60% of Americans are concerned about the stigma around mental illness.

  • Less than half (49%) of Americans consider themselves familiar with the U.S. mental health care system.

Source: Data from CDC, NIMH and other select sources. Find citations at nami.org/mhstats

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