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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
At The Harris Center we understand how crucial it is for everyone to care about mental health. Our team had a great time celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month and everything we do together to promote the importance of mental health in our community. How awesome it is to be part of this worthy cause!



• 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year. Approximately 46.6 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day.

• Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.

• People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgment from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

• Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.

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