The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week & Month 2022 is
Back to Basics, Together We Can Tackle Loneliness & #ivebeenthere.
1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems, often going for long periods unchecked & unfortunately in some cases misdiagnosed.
Due the the stigma and discrimination surrounding Mental Health, a lot of people feel reluctant to open up about their experiences, struggling in silence trying desperately hard to defend protect & console themselves during such dark periods in their lives.
This years theme aims to raise awareness about the “foundational knowledge about mental illnesses”, giving people the tools to successfully navigate, if they find that their mental health is a cause for concern.
There isn’t really one single way to treat, diagnose or manage mental health, as individual experiences are nuanced, as is the human mind & its response to trauma.
It is important that we pay close attention to our loved ones & if we see the signs, we can encourage ourselves & support each other using methods that are void of judgement & shame & lead toward mental wellness.
Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as “Mental Health Month”) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organisation (then known as the National Association for Mental Health).