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Why Do We Need Mental Health Awareness Month?

Why Do We Need Mental Health Awareness Month?

It’s May, otherwise known as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health awareness has been steadily growing around the world, but it is still largely below what it should and could be. Often, getting treated for a mental illness is something looked at as “embarrassing” and people rarely want others to know it’s happening. Looking away from the issue doesn’t make the issue disappear–if anything, it gets worse.

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Why mental health awareness is important

According to the World Health Organization and World Economic Forum, mental illness is the largest economic burden the world has today. Only about half of people in developed countries struggling with a mental illness get the help they need, while in developing countries 90 percent go without any form of treatment. The stigma against mental illness and lack of mental health awareness worsens already existing mental health issues.

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