Mental Health Awareness Month
InSight Telepsychiatry is joining the nationwide effort to increase awareness about the importance of mental health. This year, we’re embracing the idea of “Mental Health Starts With Us.” In that spirit, InSight is providing resources, strategies and information to highlight the importance of mental wellness for everyone.
The Importance of Mental Health Care
One in six individuals live with a mental illness. In 2016 it was estimated that approximately 44.7 million American adults are affected by a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder (NIMH). Despite how common mental health concerns are to society, mental wellness is not widely prioritized:
• In 2016, 19.2 million—less than half—of those 44.7 million adults with mild, moderate or severe mental illness received mental health treatment (NIMH)
• Serious or major mental illness costs the nation at least $193 billion in lost earnings, according to an NIMH study.
Why Does Mental Health Matter?
Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel and act. It is also a key component to managing overall wellness since mental health and physical health are very closely linked. Unfortunately, many people do not or are unable to seek mental health care due to stigma, lack of mental health providers and other barriers such as location.
We hope that the resources provided below give you the tips, tools, and support you need to help take care of your mental health this month, and every month!