May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, Mental Health America and affiliates across the country have observed May as Mental Health Month. A theme is selected each year and 2021’s theme is Tool’s 2 Thrive which will provide practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation.

According to Mental Health America, 13.84% of youth aged 12-17 years old report at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the last year and if left untreated, issues like this can persist into adulthood. New York is the second highest state in the country in this category. 9.7% of youth in the US have severe major depression, which is on the rise over last year.

SAMHSA National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was this week on May 7th. National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day spotlights the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and to reinforce the message that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. The purpose of Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children with serious mental illness (SMI) and severe emotional disturbance (SED) and their families, provide information on evidence-based practices, and encourage those who need help to seek treatment.

Center for Family Life and Recovery supports individuals struggling with addiction, mental health and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness and transforming lives. To learn more, visit or call (315) 733-1709.

Posted by Cassandra Sheets