Mental Health Series: Mental Health Awareness Month

This May marks the sixty-eighth observance of Mental Health Month, which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 44 million people, one in six adults, suffer from mental illness in the U.S.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month is Whole Body Mental Health. This comes from the notion that mental and physical heath are linked to one another. To have good mental health, you must take care of both your mind and body.

Benefits.gov encourages you to maintain your physical health, which in turn will help your mental health. Our recent news article, Benefits.gov *Hearts* You, discusses lifestyle choices you can make to increase your overall physical health. According to the Heart Foundation, exercising on a regular basis and eating a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. Our article, Make Smart Choices for a Healthier Diet, gives nutrition recommendations, such as choosing water over high-calorie beverages and getting a variety of colors on your plate. Additional information on food and nutrition assistance programs can be found within our Food/Nutrition category.

While mental illness affects a significant portion of the U.S. population, the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that only about half of those living with mental illness receive treatment. Benefits.gov wants you to know that if you suffer from mental illness, there are available treatment options, including treatment centers covered by Medicaid/Medicare and Counseling options.

Benefits.gov understands the enormous challenges faced by those with mental illness and their loved ones, and realizes how hard it is to seek help. We encourage you to fill out our Benefit Finder questionnaire to find out which benefits you may be eligible to receive.

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