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Mental Health Awareness Month is winding into its last week. Have YOU done something to raise awareness about the importance of mental health? If not, why not? There is still time! Check out the links below www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may and/or https://nami.org

* One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.

* Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 63% received mental health services in the past year.

* Every day, an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.

* Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 10–34.

* Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

* Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.

* Know an individual in crisis? Call the NAMI helpline, 800-950-6264.

This post was among the mental health articles featured in the May “Employee Assistance Report.” To learn more or subscribe, visit http://www.writeitrightllc.com

Sources: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); National Institute of Mental Health; SAMHSA; American Journal of Psychiatry; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Department of Health & Human Services.