May is Mental Health Month
-Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates have led the observance of May as Mental Health Month. This year marks MHA’s 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month!
-National Mental Health Month raises awareness and educates the public about mental illness,
the realities of living with these conditions, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses.
-Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder affect millions of Americans each year. 1 in 4 adults lives with a mental health disorder.
-Unfortunately, only half of those affected receive treatment because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness leads to higher medical costs, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.
-While we focus on our physical wellbeing by eating healthy, exercise and getting regular checkups we often forget to take care of our emotional and spiritual needs. Mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being.
-Mental health problems are just like any other health condition.
Many mental health problems can be avoided by making positive lifestyle changes such as finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, or playing with a pet. Additionally, some need more professional therapy and treatment. #MentalHealthMonth
Disclaimer: The information is intended to provide general education for patients and their families. The information provided does not constitute medical or health care advice for any individual and is not a substitute for medical and other professional advice and service.
Dr. Mahesh Ochaney is a solo practitioner who has been practicing Internal Medicine since 1991. Dr. Ochaney’s compassionate primary care has been recognized several times over the years, including being named a 2018 Top Doctor by Baltimore Magazine and receiving a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation.