May is a time to raise awareness for people living with mental or behavioral health problems and to help reduce the stigma that many people suffer. Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness. During the month of May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Every year, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
To bring the culture of awareness to action on mental health, MTV, in collaboration with the White House, HHS and SAMHSA, will organize the first Youth Action Forum on mental health in history. This forum will use storytelling and the media to spread awareness. The mission of SAMHSA is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on American communities. When you're living with a mental health condition or dealing with a mental health problem, it's common to feel like no one understands what you're going through.
To address this issue, President Joe Biden's government strategy is transforming mental health services for all Americans. As part of this strategy, Secretary Becerra began a national HHS tour to strengthen mental health services. Last year, the Surgeon General issued a new Notice to highlight the urgent need to address the country's juvenile mental health crisis. This Notice highlighted the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of young people and families in the United States.
It also highlighted existing mental health challenges that existed long before the pandemic. In addition to this Notice, registration for Mental Health Month is free and includes a full day of sessions on how to best meet the mental health needs of older adults. Studies have examined telehealth with audio only to detect several mental health conditions and have found that its effectiveness is comparable to that of in-person care. When your mental health worsens, seek the right treatment and get better because life has much more to offer than just pain and suffering.
Mental Health Month is an important time to raise awareness for people living with mental or behavioral health problems and to help reduce the stigma that many people suffer.