When it comes to mental health awareness, our culture is still in the throes of some undeniable growing pains; for as long as we’ve known that mental health conditions exist, we’ve also juggled stigmas that don't go away easily. While the conversation is more inclusive and sophisticated than it’s been in eras past, we remain largely silent, and often — even without meaning to be — ignorant of the realities of mental health, and the implications of mental illness for those who live with it. With Mental Health Awareness Month kicking off today, there is no better time to take note of these organizations that support mental health — both throughout the month of May and through the entire year.
With mental illness affecting up to 80 percent of the population at some point in their lifetime, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology — whether directly, or via loved ones and family — it’s clear that conversations about mental health are vital to all of us. Not only are effective treatments and interventions essential for management and overall wellness, but uprooting old stigmas and prejudices against those who live with mental illness has never been more crucial. Here are seven amazing organizations doing the work, year in and year out, to up the quality of our collective conversations around mental illness, dispel the myths and stigmas, and support those living with mental health conditions.