Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health illnesses are directly linked to suicide. One in four Americans struggles with mental health. Tragically, more people die from suicide in the United States than traffic accidents or homicides. This counts as 123 suicides per day, with white males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2016. Furthermore, 22 veterans commit suicide per day.
Huge strides in awareness and reducing stigma have been made since 1949 however. While there is no single cause to suicide, it is often a tragic outcome for those suffering from a mental health condition.
According to a recent Harris Poll, 89 percent of people believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite this, many people don’t know how to have a conversation about it and the stigma lingers.
National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we work together to break through that stigma. We express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues, and we draw attention to the proven methods that can help change their lives for the better.
Below are a few organizations that dedicate time and resources to this important issue. Each link contains additional resources and tools to better understand those with mental health issues and how to communicate and help them.
At Behavioral Safety Products, we understand the need for facilities to find safety products that are convenient, proven, and safe for patients. Behavioral Safety Products uses design processes which specifically create behavioral environments that are soothing to the patient and allow them to feel “at home” while in a state of treatment and recovery.
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