Just as important as Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness in October, May is Mental Health Awareness month and is a very important cause to educate yourself on and bring attention to.
Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website to learn more about how to get involved and support friends and family members who suffer from mental illness. Mental Illness doesn’t care what race you are, how rich or poor you are, or how young or old you are. Some of the people who seem the happiest and appear to have it all, can also be the most sad and depressed people. However, due to fear of public shame, humiliation and embarrassment, they choose to suffer in silence. If you suffer from any form of mental illness, know that it’s okay to talk to someone and get help. And if a loved one comes to you and expresses that he/she is suffering from this disease and are feeling suicidal, please, whatever you do, don’t make them feel worse than they already do. Sometimes, your response can make all the difference.
If you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.