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Mental Health Awareness Month 2024

by Lara Gamboa on 2024-05-10T08:30:00-10:00 | 0 Comments

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Monday, May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! This month is a time to promote awareness and understanding of mental health and reduce stigma. We encourage everyone to prioritize their mental health and seek help when needed. 

For over 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being and provide resources and information to support individuals and communities who may need mental health support.

Why is Mental Health Awareness Month important?

Mental Health Awareness Month is important because it highlights the prevalence of mental health disorders and their impact on individuals, families, and communities. Mental health disorders affect millions worldwide, and the stigma can prevent individuals from seeking help and receiving the support they need. Promoting awareness and understanding of mental health can reduce stigma and encourage individuals to prioritize their health. We can also use this opportunity to promote outreach and awareness events, which can help support research and connect advocates to create a more promising future for mental health care.

Are there research resources available?

JABSOM Libray offers a handful of databases you can explore for psychiatry and mental health topics.

  • APA PsychInfo
    • Provides citations and abstracts of international journal articles in psychology and related disciplines. It covers over 1,300 journals, representing professional and scientific literature from over 50 countries. 1887-present.
  • PubMed
    • Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa provides two platforms for searching Medline, including MEDLINE through OVID.
    • Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier citation and abstract database for biomedical literature.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers NIMH-funded research resources. You can find them HERE. NIMH also provides statistics on the prevalence, treatment, and costs of mental illness for the United States population. The Statistics page can be found HERE.

What resources are available for help with mental illnesses?

SAMHSA offers resources that can help you find support for issues with mental health, drugs, or alcohol. There is also the SAMHSA National Helpline, where you can get treatment and information about mental health disorders, prevention, and recovery. More information about SAMHSA's Find Support resources can be found HERE.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has information about getting help for mental illness, including where to get immediate help and how to find a healthcare provider or treatment. Visit their website HERE.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has helplines available for the public, teens, and young adults. More information about NAMI Helplines is available HERE.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis, dial or text 988 to get connected with a trained crisis counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week—more information about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline HERE.

What can JABSOM do to help you?

Medical school can be one of the most challenging but fulfilling experiences during higher education. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) strives to create a supportive and caring environment for you as students, faculty, and staff to help your personal growth, awareness, and care. OSA offers various wellness support, such as general counseling and services, workshops, and activities. You can check out some of their student wellness information, services, and support here.

If you need a study break, visit us at the library! We have various wellness activities available for you to "destress," including puzzles, coloring books, and rock painting. We are also food and drink-friendly! You are welcome to eat and drink in the computer lab, study rooms, and common area, but make sure you bring your water bottles ONLY into the stacks.

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