May is Mental Health Month: Celebrating 65 years of mental health

May is Mental Health Month (#mhmonth2014). Mental Health American (MHA) and other mental health organizations have been promoting mental health awareness for 65 years. Approximately 1 in and 5 Americans over the age of 18 will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year, and nearly half will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime (i.e., depression, anxiety, etc.). Additionally, approximately 70 percent of Americans experience physical and non-physical symptoms of stress but approximately 37 percent believe they are doing well at managing it. This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health” emphasizes the importance of the body/mind connection, and how mental health contributes to overall health and wellness. MHA’s website provides information on how to improve your health:

The NARIC REHABDATA database has approximately 100 documents related to mental health and wellness: and 32 documents produced under NIDRR funding: For more information on NIDRR-funded related to mental health and/or psychiatric disabilities please visit

If you, a friend, or loved one is in crisis or in need of mental health services please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Help Line at 800/662-HELP (4357), 800/487-4889 (TTY); or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800/273-TALK (8255), 800/799-4889 (TTY).



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Media Specialist for the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) through Administration for Community Living (ACL) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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