Mental Health Awareness Month

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Provided by PWCS

In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, PWCS recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This year’s message is “More Than Enough,” emphasizing that all people–with and without mental health challenges–are worthy of respect, inclusion, and care.

PWCS and its community strive to reduce the mental health stigma and provide education and resources to support everyone’s journey toward wellness. Prioritizing mental health from childhood through adulthood is essential in maintaining a healthy, balanced life. Each week in May will highlight mental health initiatives empowering our community to feel a sense of inclusion, support, and encouragement.

During the week of May 15 to 19, families are invited to join schools in celebrating the following themes:

  • Mindful Monday: Maintaining awareness of your thoughts and feelings–mentally and physically.
  • Tuneful Tuesday: Music can be a tool that helps boost our mood! We can also “tune” into the feelings of those around us. 
  • Wellness Wednesday: Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits daily to attain better physical and mental health.
  • Mental Health Action Thursday: Take action to raise awareness about mental health by wearing green!
  • Fun Friday: Prioritizing the things that make you happy and fill and your cup.

#MentalHealthMonth, #MHM, #MoreThanEnough

Fast Facts

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience a serious mental illness each year
  •  1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  •  50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–14
  • People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population
  • High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers
  •  1 in 5 young people report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.
  • Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.
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