Let's Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month Before May Ends
Spoons up for Mental Health Awareness Month, which we’ve been celebrating in a big way at Doughp! May isn’t over just yet. Let’s live up these last days — but keep the mental health awareness going all year long.
If you’re new to Doughp, you might not know that we’re more than just a (seriously delicious) cookie dough brand. We also give back through our #Doughp4Hope initiative. That means breaking the stigma around mental health and addiction recovery is basically our big passion project. So, obv, we’re pretty excited about Mental Health Awareness Month.
And before we wrap up May, we want to take the chance to make sure all you spoonlickers out there know what’s up with mental health in our world today.
Stats we should all know to boost awareness
Let’s start by saying we’ve come a long way. People used to think depression was just feeling sad. Mental health issues used to be something a lot of people thought you could “get over.” Things are a little better now.
Buuuut we’ve still got work to do. The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) says that one in five American adults experience mental illness in any given year. That alone is pretty sobering. It gets worse, though.
NAMI says that less than half of people living with a mental health challenge get treatment. That means that of the 53-ish million Americans living with mental illness, about 26 million are pushing through without the things that could make their lives better.
Getting help when you need it
We have GOT to stop stigmatizing mental illness. It’s legitimately the same as physical illness: you didn’t choose it, it’s not your fault, and you may need treatment from a medical professional to feel better.
It can be tricky to decide when it’s time to see a therapist or talk to your doctor about what you’ve been feeling. But if you regularly find yourself trying to “toughen up” or “just get through,” you should know: it doesn’t have to be this way.
This May, our team at Doughp is putting a lot of focus on mental health. That means we’re learning more about the most common mental health conditions so we can be on the lookout for symptoms in ourselves and the people we love. That way, when we see them, we can get help.
Want to join us? May isn’t over yet. And the opportunity to take better care of ourselves and our loved ones never ends. If you need an easy way to treat yourself, we’ve got you covered. Mental health, self-care, and being there for your community matters — in May and all year long. Let’s do this thing!