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Find Out How to Participate in National Prevention Week

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Prevention Week 2014 is just days away!  This annual health observance, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is dedicated to increasing awareness of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.  

The National Prevention Week theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future.  From May 18-24, join others across the country to help spread awareness about substance use and mental health, and strengthen the health of your community.  

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Get in the spirit: watch the National Prevention Week 2014 promotional video. Share the video link and spread the word!

  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle by taking the Prevention Pledge, and encourage friends and family to do the same.  You can also customize your pledge with a personal message about why prevention is important to you.

  • Add the power of your voice to SAMHSA’s 2014 “I Choose” photo project. Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to find out how you can inspire others by participating. People of all ages are already submitting their photos, and their “I Choose” messages will inspire you, too.

Post about National Prevention Week on social media to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and the importance of preventing problems before they start.

Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week for more information about National Prevention Week 2014. 

Image description: May is Mental Health Month. Caregivers, friends, and family can find support and resources at http://www.mentalhealth.gov/

Image description: May is Mental Health Month. Caregivers, friends, and family can find support and resources at http://www.mentalhealth.gov/

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is May 6. Learn how you can join the conversation and find resources to help if you think your child may be suffering from a mental illness: 

Mental Health Survey Finds 18 Percent of Americans Suffer From Mental Illness

The newest mental health data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that nearly 18 percent of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness.

The report shows national estimates of the prevalence of mental health disorders and mental health service use in the past year for youths between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults ages 18 and older.

Some findings from the survey include:

  • An estimated 43.7 million adults — 18.6 percent of adults in this country — suffered from a mental illness in the past year.

  • Women aged 18 or older were more likely than men to have a mental illness in the past year (22.0 vs. 14.9 percent).

  • An estimated 34.1 million adults or 14.5 percent of the population aged 18 or older received mental health services, like treatment or counseling, during the past 12 months. This is higher than in the previous year. (31.6 million people and 13.6 percent).

  • There were 2.2 million youths aged 12 to 17 (9.1 percent) who had a major depressive episode during the past year.

  • Among youths, females were more likely than males to have a major depressive episode in the past year (13.7 vs. 4.7 percent).

  • The most common reason for youths receiving specialty mental health services was feeling depressed (50.7 percent).


Read the full report and learn more at SAMHSA.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

As an annual observance, Mental Health Month brings an increased awareness to mental health issues and mental illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says, “This year’s theme, Mental Health Matters: In Your Life, reminds Americans that caring for their mental health is as important as taking care of their physical health because mental health impacts all areas of life.”

Mental health issues can include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many other diseases that can negatively impact every part of someone’s life. During this presidentially proclaimed observance, the goal is to reinvigorate the United States’ determination and effort to addressing mental health problems in America.

You can find treatment services near you for a variety of mental health issues by calling 1-800-662-HELP. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers immediate assistance for all Americans, including service members and veterans, at 1-800-273-TALK.

Find a full list of mental health resources.