Big Reason Why
Because Your Mental Health Matters
Join Psych Hub and Optum throughout Mental Health Month as we focus on the many reasons why it’s so important to take care of your mental health. Read stories about finding an individual path to better mental and emotional well-being, learn more about common mental health myths and misconceptions, and find links to available support resources.
It All Starts With A Story
It all starts with a story. The journey to mental health recovery is a road best traveled with support from family, friends and community. Below are the stories of six people who know first-hand the feelings of loneliness and isolation that often accompany navigating mental health challenges. Learn more about their path to finding the right combination of support and resources to live healthier and happier lives – even during stressful and anxious times.
Excitement about a new job and cross-country move comes with unexpected mental health challenges.
As the person everyone else leaned on, Sharon wasn’t sure how to ask for help when she began feeling overwhelmed.
Navigating infertility treatment and a miscarriage during the pandemic left Caitlin feeling anxious and alone.
Breaking her family’s cycle of untreated mental health conditions by getting the right support for herself and her daughter.
Retirement, losing his spouse, and an injury that limited his mobility, left Doug feeling isolated and alone during the pandemic.
Justin first experienced mental health issues in his teens, but never sought help until the past year’s challenges brought him close to crisis.
Myths & Facts
Top 5 Myths about Mental Health Issues
Mental Health Issues Are Rare
Not true - about 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness and 1 in 25 experience severe mental illness.
It's Always Obvious
Common symptoms can be subtle and may include things like trouble concentrating, feeling tired, withdrawing from friends, family or favorite activities, sleep issues, drug or alcohol use, anger or violence issues, among others.
It's Not Really
Mental health issues are prevalent across the globe: 1 in 5 youths has a mental disorder and 264 million people live with depression, which is the leading cause of disability globally.
Myth, busted: Disorders occur across groups: 20% of white adults; 16% of black adults; 15% of Asian adults; 17% of Hispanic or Latin, 27% mixed/multiracial; 37% of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults.
There's Not Much You Can Do
Not so fast: Treatment can help and may include medications, psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) or a combination of both based on an individual’s needs. For more information, talk with a mental health professional or your regular doctor.
Turn Advocacy Into Action
Everyone has a role to play in improving mental healthcare. Explore our learning hubs no matter what your job title or field of expertise is. This mission includes all of us.