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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Every May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign organized by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). While this is an important issue for the millions of Americans suffering from mental illness in the general population—as well as their loved ones—it’s also particularly pertinent to our community.

Individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual and developments disabilities (IDDs) are at higher risk for a number of health problems, and this includes mental health concerns. For example, people with Down syndrome and many other IDDS are more likely to have:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Aggression
  • Impulse-control problems
  • Other behavioral and emotional issues

Get Involved This Mental Health Awareness Month

  • We encourage everyone to get involved this May during Mental Health Awareness Month. There are lots of ways to do so. Here are some simple ways, facilitated by NAMI:
  • Share your own story about mental health. You can do it yourself, or send it to NAMI and they’ll share it with their audience.
  • Take this quiz and pledge about the stigma around mental illness. Then, share them with your friends, family, and coworkers.

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