May 2019

Mental Health Month

2019 marks the 70th year that Mental Health Month will be observed. Since 1949, MHM has been used to raise awareness about mental illness and celebrate mental health. We need to speak up early and educate people about mental illness – and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.

National Arthritis Awareness Month

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand. The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side.

National Asthma & Allergy Month

Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

National Stroke Awareness Month

Each year in the United States, there are more than 800,000 stroked. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the country and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55. Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time.

Children’s Mental Awareness Week (May 5th-11th)

The goal of this nationally recognized event is to increase public awareness and to educate communities to expand the understanding of children’s mental health needs and the resulting impact on their families. The prejudice and discrimination that children face in relation to mental illness can cause them to delay or fail to seek help, support, and treatment. It can also lead to self-prejudice and self-discrimination. 80% of children with behavioral health challenges do not receive treatment. Speak Up. Break the Silence. End the Stigma.

Check out all of our educational and informational posts on our Facebook page throughout the month of May! More information can be found by following the individual links above.