Be aware of mental health needs around you

Learn how to talk about mental illness, recognize when someone may need help, and reach out for assistance

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This content is provided to Johns Hopkins employees through a partnership with Aetna Resources for Living.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are some important facts to consider as the month begins. Each year:

  • One in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness
  • One in six young people between the ages of 6 and 17 experiences a mental health disorder

With so many people struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or other diagnosable issues, why don't more of us reach out for help? Among the reasons are shame, fear, and distrust. The stigma of mental health still exists even in our world of news and facts. The fear of judgment, disgrace, and discrimination keeps many people from seeking help.

Now is the time to build awareness, acceptance, and compassion. Use the resources listed below to learn more about how to talk about mental illness, recognize when someone may need help, and reach out for assistance. Help yourself and others by expanding your awareness.

Look out for more resources all this month. Each week, Resources for Living will share more information and resources in support of mental health awareness.

mySupport. Make your mental well-being a priority. Johns Hopkins' employee assistance program, mySupport, is here for you—and your household family members and children living away from the home up to age 26—24/7, 365 days a year. Call mySupport at 443-997-7000 for free, confidential help and referrals for any emotional or mental health concerns you may have.

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