During the month of May, Mental Health Month helps raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was first established in 1949 in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of mental and social wellness in the lives of American citizens, as well as to celebrate anyone and everyone who has recovered from mental illness. Mental and physical health are important for a person’s well-being. Lowering the rate of mental illness in the world can be achieved through prevention as well as treatment. Recovery from mental health is definitely possible, and recovering from mental illness allows a person to live perfectly healthy, fulfilling lives.
How Has Awareness Been Rising?
There have been great strides in raising awareness for mental wellness These efforts have advocated for not only raising awareness, but also how important it is to be accepting of those who are ailing from mental illness, as well as promoting methods for mental health support, recovery, and prevention.
- The Affordable Care Act, in 2016, helped health coverage reach about 30 million Americans, and roughly one-third of these citizens were predicted to need services for substance abuse or mental illness.
- The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant helped states to execute their plans for comprehensive community-based mental health services and evidence-based practices by providing those states with the necessary funds to provide these services. The plans the states carried outreach to young and old audiences alike, addressing problems such as mental illness and emotional disturbance.
- Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 did away with unequal health treatment between patients, and also made it easier to access mental recovery and substance use disorder treatment services by using more fair and equitable insurance coverage.
- Lastly, we have the Garret Lee Smith State/Tribal Suicide Prevention Program. This group helps facilitate coordination across different government agencies and the private sector in areas such as development, implementation, and evaluation of suicide prevention programs geared towards children,as well as early intervention plans among facilities that care for young children, such as schools, juvenile justice systems, substance abuse programs, primary care, educational institutions, mental health programs, foster care systems, and others as well..
Thanks to Mental Health Month, people are granted a glorious opportunity to see how far this country has come in the realm of promoting mental wellness and informing the public on the effective services and support that are available to those who might need them.
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Family Service Foundation provides mental wellbeing and social support services that encourage growth in our clients, change their lives for the better, and enrich the local community. We value respect for all clients and working alongside you to help eliminate mental illness from your life. We have a passionate team ready to work with you and make you an active participant in deciding how to improve your life.