What is Mental Health Month and Why is it Important?
Mental Health Month

What is Mental Health Month and Why is it Important?

Observation of Mental Health Month began in 1949 and was started by Mental Health America.

Mental Health Month is essential because health doesn’t stop at physical health. This month observance raises awareness and educates the public about mental health.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness and 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.

More statistics include:

• 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition.
• Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
• Nearly 50% of youth ages 8-15 did not receive mental health services in the previous year.
• Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.
• 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness.

Raising awareness also helps break the stigma of Mental Illness. Ways to break the stigma include learning about mental health and educating yourself and others, raising awareness, seeing the person, not the illness, and taking action.

This year, Highland-Clarksburg Hospital (HCHI) is encouraging residents of WV to share their story and raise awareness of Mental Health Month with the hashtags #StigmaFreeWV and #MentalHealthMattersWV.

Assets are available on our website at https://highlandclarksburghospital.com/mentalhealth/ which includes profiles photos, cover photos, fact sheets and more. There is also a link to share your story, anonymously if you would like.

Highland-Clarksburg Hospital is a private, non-profit mental health hospital located in Clarksburg, WV. HCHI offers services for youth, adults, and forensic patients, all suffering from mental health problems.

In the following weeks in May, we will feature blog posts written by staff and therapists here at Highland-Clarksburg Hospital. Posts will include information about breaking the stigma, warning signs of a mental health condition, improving mental health with exercise, nutrition and mental health, and the top diagnosed mental illnesses.

For more information about Highland-Clarksburg Hospital, visit HighlandClarksburgHospital.com or call 304-969-3100. Keep up-to-date with our activities and events by following our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HighlandClarksburgHospital


Highland-Clarksburg Hospital (HCHI) is a private, non-profit hospital that is dedicated to providing the best care for persons with mental disorders in West Virginia, parts of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It has established an integrated system of high-quality behavioral health services, including mental health treatment services for Children, Adolescents’ and Forensic patients. Highland-Clarksburg Hospital is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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