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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and intends to help break the stigma of mental illness and to encourage people to get the help they need. There are nearly 450 million people worldwide living with a mental illness and two thirds never seek treatment. Mental Health Awareness Month is a reminder that you are not alone – 1 in 5 people experience some sort of mental illness at least once in their lifetime. Everyone faces challenges that can impact their mental health and there is nothing wrong with seeking help to manage it.
Just like going to a doctor for an annual checkup or visiting the dentist for a cleaning, it is important to maintain good mental health as well. Mental illness can impact your daily life by affecting your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and mood. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions can be brought on by genetics, environment, or other life events outside of your control. It is important to know that you are not alone in your struggle and your mental health is just as important as your physical health.