David Earl Johnson, LICSW

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One of every three people you know will be treated for a mental illness sometime in their lifetime. If you know someone in your family who suffers from a mental illness, chances are there are others struggling as well. As many as 60% of those who suffer from mental illness self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Chances are if you know someone with a drug or alcohol problem, they are self-medicating their mental illness. Educated yourself about mental illness. The problem WILL affect you, if it hasn’t already. It’s just a matter of time.

“Join thousands of other Americans in observing Mental Health Month under this year’s theme, “MIND Your Health,” which calls attention to the important message that mental health is fundamental to overall health.

  • Download free Mental Health Month tip sheets for posting in your workplace, doctor’s office, or place of worship. Visit our online store for additional “MIND Your Health” merchandise including pens, post-its, and buttons to support your efforts.
  • Visit the Mental Health Event Calendar to check out Mental Health Month activities occurring across the country and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration.
  • Ask your co-workers and local community leaders to sign Mental Health America’s Vision for Change Petition and join the growing movement of Americans who call on Congress to make mental health a national priority.

Mental Health Month Observances
National Parity Day (May 2) – Call your representative!
National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day (May 2)
Children’s Mental Health Week (May 6-12)
Childhood Depression Awareness Day (May 8)
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (May 6-12)
National Mental Health Counseling Week (May 6-12)
Older Americans’ Mental Health Week (May 20-26)
Schizophrenia Awareness Week (May 20-26) “

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