Quality Insights – Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, Quality Insights supports the national movement to raise awareness about mental health.Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, making decisions, handling stress, and many other aspects of daily life. Everyone has mental health, and it deserves our attention just as much as our physical health.We encourage you to explore the following resources to enhance your knowledge of mental health.
MHA’s “Back to Basics” Campaign
The ABCs of Mental Health Month Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have observed May as Mental Health Month through media, local events, and screenings. This year, the theme of MHA’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit is “Back to Basics.” Here are some simple ABCs – as easy as 123 – to help you get Back to Basics with mental health and well-being during May. Act: While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Explore Mental Health America’s 2022 Mental Health Month Toolkit, which provides free, practical resources. Learn about recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental well-being, and seeking help for mental health. Boost: Show your support this month by wearing lime green, the official awareness color for mental health. Post your photo and/or share your mental health story online. Tag @MentalHealthAmerica on Instagram and use #gogreenformh for MHA to share your pictures.Contribute: Become a “Fight in the Open” champion with a monthly donation. Donations can help MHA help 10 individuals by screening them for mental health conditions and directing them to resources. Or, shop MHA’s Store and take a picture with your merch to share online.  
NAMI’s “Together for Mental Health” Campaign
Mental Health Awareness Month For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message of “Together for Mental Health.” Be sure to check out NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.Resources2022 Awareness Event GuideWays to Get InvolvedRead Personal StoriesShare Your Story
Mental Health Infographic
Prioritizing Mental Health Care in America According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 37% of the U.S. population live in a mental health professional shortage area.Check out this infographic from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, which showcases the impact of mental health care across the U.S.  
View the Infographic
Contact UsSheila Barnett, BSN, RN – 1.800.642.8686 ext. 3221This material was prepared by Quality Insights, a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication number 12SOW-QI-CC-050622-MV

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