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May is National Mental Health Month

May Is Mental Health Month The Importance of Knowing

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. 

That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

This May is Mental Health Month, we are encouraging people to educate themselves about behaviors and activities that could be harmful to recovery – and to speak up without shame. 

“It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more,” said Thresa A. Caldwell, Social Worker Interventionist with Goose Creek CISD. “We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.” 

MHA has developed a series of fact sheets(available at on specific behaviors and habits that may be a warning sign of something more, risk factors and signs of mental illness, and how and where to get help when needed.  

“Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work,” concluded Thresa A. Caldwell.  “When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early—and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4.“ 

For more information on May is Mental Health Month, visit Mental Health America’s website at

Thresa A. Caldwell, Social Worker Interventionist



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