In the past 30 years, there has been a significant shift in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families. We have come to understand responses to trauma, including mental health challenges, as normal and adaptive reactions to adverse life experiences through a trauma-informed model. This knowledge urges us to pay attention to the profound ways in which trauma impacts mental health, push against the stigma associated with mental illness, and offer comprehensive care and support to trauma survivors. Learn more about trauma-informed approaches through the VAWnet Special Collection series developed in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. This issue highlights activities in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month throughout the month of May.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing attention to the issue by declaring that “mental illness affects everyone” and #HopeStartsWithYou. Access their Mental Health Month Resources to sign the stigma free pledge, access facts and information, share your experience, and learn how get involved in stopping the stigma and advocating for equal care. You can make a promise to listen at #IWillListen, and go green during the month of May. NAMI also provides materials to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 4-10), offering tools and resources to understand and address the mental health needs of children affected by mental illness.
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