Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! It almost seems ridiculous that we regulate our mental health to one month out of the year when 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness. As most of us have seen these past few years, more attention is being placed on issues such as suicide and mental illness. Unfortunately, the attention comes when it is too late and the scourges of depression and psychosis have taken their toll. It is time to discuss this in every corner of this country.

This May, a wonderful documentary is being released – “Walking Man- No One Does it Alone” . This film tells the story of Mark Norwine and his son, Eric, who decided to walk 200 miles across the state of Missouri to bring to light the issues of Mental Illness. Their journey was the result of the tragedy of having 3 teenagers commit suicide from the same high school. Mark and Eric’s journey was not only a means to educate people about mental illness but an opportunity to discuss their own struggles.

It is time we stop stigmatizing the mentally ill and accepting that our mental health is as important as our physical health. We need to begin to embrace that through education we can prevent these kinds of tragedies and others. When 1 in 5 Americans are struggling, it is no longer something that happens to someone else, it is happening in your own home. Please take some time and educate yourself and loved ones. Also, go out to see “Walking Man- No One Does it Alone”. You may be saving someone’s life.

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