Each May, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing joins a national movement to bring attention to mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). Here is some helpful information about mental health in America:
Facts & Figures
1 in 6 adolescents (aged 12-17) in the U.S. experienced a major depressive episode in 2020
1 in 3 young adults (aged 18-25) in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2020
1 in 5 adults (52.9 million adults) in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2020
54% of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment in 2020
The average delay between symptom onset and treatment for mental illness is 11 years
32.1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020
40.3 million people aged 12 or over had a substance use disorder in 2020
22.3 million Americans live in recovery after some form of substance use disorder
3 out of 4 people who experience addiction eventually recover
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
To help you recognize this important observance and support those who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, as well as those in recovery, visit our MHAM directory and take advantage of the following resources:
Mental Wellbeing Resources
Explore the following resources available to you:
Mental Health First Aid – Get trained today!
Mental Health First Aid Blog – Learn how to stay healthy and help others
National Council Virtual Learning – Enjoy new episodes in our video series
Upcoming events – Learn from our subject matter experts
Consulting – Learn how to invest in your employees’ wellbeing
Interest Groups – Discover new interventions for select communities
Take action in support of mental health and substance use policy:
Hill Day at Home 2022 – Join us virtually on Wednesday, June 8, to experience an afternoon of advocacy, gain insight into Congress and the Biden Administrations’ mental health and substance use agendas, and discover new tips and techniques for educating your elected officials about the needs of our field
Be an Advocate – Urge your elected officials to bolster support for mental health and substance use programs and organizations
Advocacy Handbook – Take advantage of these tips, techniques and templates for becoming a mental health and substance use treatment advocate in your community
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) – Learn about CCBHCs and their role in expanding access to mental health and substance use services
Mental Health First Aid Resources
Learn how you can help yourself and someone in need:
Check out our latest blog posts for mental health tips and resources:
Here are a few youth- and teen-related resources:
As we dive into the festive spirit of December, I’d like to take a moment to reflect over the extraordinary year the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy has had. This year has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by many changes and firsts. As I reflect on the transformative journey of 2023, it is impossible not to acknowledge the exceptional foresight of our founder, Sammy Moon.
Hope Village for Children is an amazing nonprofit organization located in Meridian, MS.
The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) currently has a grant opportunity available for nonprofit, for-profit, education, or government organizations. Approximately $200,000 total funds are available to fund three or more projects. A Request for Proposals for one-year grants starting July 1, 2024 is available at www.mscdd.org. Proposals are due by noon on March 8, 2024.