May is Mental Health Month

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"It is rated MA (mature audiences) and some mental health experts are concerned that the show does not address alternatives to suicide when teens are dealing with stressful situations", the district wrote on its social media channels. Approximately one in four people will experience a mental health issue in a year and one in six will have experienced a mental health problem in the past week.

Almost 60 percent of American adults, and 50 percent of American youth, are reported to not have received the mental health services they needed in the previous year, according to NAMI. "Mental health disorders really are quite treatable".

"Mind Games" is a festival that will bring together many of Auckland's finest local, independent bands and artists to raise funds for The Mental Health Foundation and increase awareness about mental health in New Zealand, with a particular focus on the mental wellbeing of the artistic and musical communities. "There are certain mental illnesses that are more acceptable, and a lot of that has to do with how often they're diagnosed and with how well they're treated", he said.

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Spencer Scott, a staff psychologist at the student counseling center at The University of Texas at Dallas, said these changes, coupled with a full academic load and full-time or part-time jobs on the side, make college students particularly susceptible to mental illness.

Mental health conditions can include mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition and 1 in 5 USA adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. NAMI reports that one in five children between ages 13 and 18 have, or will have, a mental illness, and that 50 percent of all lifetime cases begin by age 14.

Meanwhile, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, 50th anniversary professor of organisational psychology and health at Manchester Business School, stressed that more needed to be done to identify mental health problems early to prevent them from becoming a long-term issue.

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This mental health policy breakfast was the first of Hampshire County and was co-sponsored by Cooley Dickinson Health Care and NAMI. Each illness has unique symptoms, but many share similar signs. Any person who exhibits suicidal behavior should seek care immediately.

"It is critical that people with mental illness get the care they need", says Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. Treatment can require medication, psychotherapy, recovery and support groups.

Heather Goodman is with Assessment and Referral Services, Our Lady of Peace.

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