Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness month. Did you know that over 43.6 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, are affected by mental illness? Half of college students reported that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24 (The JED Foundation). The most common mental illnesses among college students are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
True or False:
- Of the 20% of college students dealing with mental illness, over half of them do not disclose their condition.
True. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (N.A.M.I.), over 50% of college students do not disclose their mental illness, leaving them unable to access treatment or special accommodations that are available to them. For more information on counseling services, visit the Counseling and Testing Center. For more information about accommodations available to students at Georgia State University, visit Disability Services.
- It’s easy to tell who has a mental illness.
False. Often our friends, neighbors, co-workers and even family members are suffering emotionally and don’t recognize the symptoms or won’t ask for help. There are five signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness. Visit Know the Five Signs for more information on recognizing mental illness.
- Most mental illnesses go away on their own without treatment.
False. The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives. Mental health is just as important as our physical health (Half of Us).
Reach out for support or encourage a friend to ask for help. Remember, many of us struggle with mental illness, but all of us have the power to help ourselves and others by fighting the stigma around mental health and speaking up when we need support. Call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640 to make an appointment to speak with a counselor. The Counseling and Testing Center is available for emergencies at any time.
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last appointment at 4 p.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last appointment at 5 p.m.)