Mental Illness Awareness Week 2022

Dave Beal
October 3, 2022 / 3 mins read

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers.

According to the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment, youth mental health is a major concern in Olmsted County, especially suicide ideation (25% of eighth, ninth, and eleventh graders reported seriously contemplating suicide) and attempts (12% of eighth, ninth, and eleventh graders reported attempting suicide). Additionally, in 2018, nearly 1 in 3 adults in Olmsted County self-reported they ever had a mental health condition.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 runs from October 2 to October 8 with National Depression Screening Day occurring on October 6.

The World Health Organization sponsors World Mental Health Day on October 10. This year, one focus will be on suicide prevention, particularly among young people. They point out that stigma and discrimination continue to be a global problem that must be addressed before everyone can receive needed care.

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