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Why we need to keep talking about mental health

Mental health is a topic that a *lot* of people have been talking about lately—and that's likely due to 2017's most tweeted about show: 13 Reasons Why. The show has conjured up a lot of feelings that are difficult to process but important to discuss, so much so that Selena Gomez (one of the show's producers) had to comment about it publically. These discussions are even more important now that it's May, which is Mental Health Month.

The purpose of this month is to spot signs of mental illness earlier and get treatment for people sooner. Millions of people suffer from mental health issues, but it can be difficult for some to get help or even recognize the signs that they have one.

So, MHA created a program this year that would "educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness or could be signs of mental health problems themselves." There are a number of factors that can contribute to mental health issues, but MHA chose to focus on drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, troublesome exercise patterns and risky sexual behavior. The purpose of this month is to spot signs of mental illness earlier and get treatment for people sooner.

To find out everything you need to know about Mental Health Month, head to MHA's website. If you or someone you know is currently struggling with mental health issues, please reach out to someone you know or visit BetterHelp for assistance.

What mental health topics are you most interested in learning about? What questions do you want answers to? Let us know in the comments below and we'll do our best to cover them throughout the month of May!

Photo credit: Beth Heller/Netflix

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by Cali Drouillard | 5/2/2017
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