Suicide is the leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24. It is a public health issue that negatively impacts our communities, families, and friends. But suicide is preventable, and many resources are available to help you or someone you love through difficult times. Text or call 988 to speak with a counselor.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance is often the best option for funding therapy. However, the cost is still a concern for many people.
Many children and adolescents who are struggling with mental health issues are experiencing a lack of awareness and support. They may not have a safe space to discuss their mental health issues inside their homes. Schools can provide a space where students not only learn about mental health but also get to talk about it openly and receive the help they need.
Mental health does not discriminate, but BIPOC communities always experience discrimination and racism. According to Mental Health America, 6.8 million African Americans, 8.9 million Latinx/Hispanic Americans, 2.2 million Asian Americans, and 830,000 Indigenous people have mental health conditions.
Unfortunately, minority groups in the U.S. still experience systemic racism, discrimination, income inequality, limited access to mental health treatment, poverty, cultural stigma, violence, homelessness, and lack of affordable health resources at disproportionately higher rates (in comparison to their Caucasian fellow citizens).
Fast forward to 2022, and we are still witnessing homophobia and transphobia. LGBTQ+ rights are currently being challenged by a growing movement of individuals trying to erase and mitigate the personal experiences of LGBTQIA+ folks. This is why Pride Month couldn’t be a more critical time for you to become a better ally, advocate, or friend to the community.
Recognizing mental health during May is an essential step towards progress, and building a world where mental health conversations are normalized. For many, experiencing mental health conditions is a lifelong journey, so we cannot only discuss it during May.
World Autism Awareness Day celebrates and commemorates the important contributions that people with autism provide across the globe. It’s also an opportunity to shed light on the oppression and countless barriers that people with autism face. By understanding their lived experiences, we can produce a framework on which to better support the autistic community. Proactive changes are the key to creating a world that is more accessible and understanding for people with autism and other neurodiverse disabilities.
As the founder of Speaks 2 Inspire, a Black-owned mental health consultancy, I understand the power of sharing my story as a black man who struggled with and overcame mental health challenges. Promoting mental wellness in the Black community is one of our top priorities year-round, but especially during February and Black History Month.
Sick days are universally accepted, but many professors and employers are hesitant to approve absences for mental health.