A year of pandemic life has taken its toll on people’s mental health, as studies over the past year have shown rates of anxiety and depression have soared among adults and children alike. That is why Rosecrance recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month each May and encourages supporters to join us in fighting this deadly disease.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 35 percent of adults were experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression. Though down from a late-2020 peak that topped 41 percent, that is more than three times the number of Americans who noted these mental health conditions in 2019.
“Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are much more common than we realize, but we still struggle to talk about them as much as we should,” said Rosecrance Regional President Carlene Cardosi. “This month is an excellent opportunity to have conversations, educate ourselves, and support others to reduce the stigma of mental health disorders.”
Throughout May, Rosecrance will host community give-back activities, labyrinth reflections, t-shirt contests and other activities to encourage healthy minds at sites. Please join us in the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month by learning more about mental health disorders and checking in with loved ones.
If you or someone you know might need help, please contact Rosecrance’s caring Access counselors at 866-330-8729.