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Research Guide of the Month

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Welcome to the Mental Health Awareness research guide!

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and with finals season approaching, now is a great time to learn more about mental wellness and brush up on your coping strategies. Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 by Mental Health America to help raise awareness and remove some of the stigma around mental health.

Mental health is a critical part of our overall wellness, but we often feel embarrassed, ashamed, or afraid to talk about it openly. This collective silence around mental health can feel really lonely when we struggle with mental illness, or when we are concerned about a loved one. However, the truth is, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Even people who don't develop a mental illness still face challenges in life that can have negative impacts on their mental wellbeing.

There is nothing shameful about struggling with mental health, and the more we talk about it, the better off everyone will be.

In this research guide, you will find tips and resources for learning about a variety of mental illnesses and improving your own mental wellbeing. Particularly as finals approach and stress levels rise, we encourage you to take care of yourselves both physically and mentally, and to seek out support when you need it, either from friends and family, resources on campus, or a mental health professional.

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If you or a loved one is in crisis, please seek help. One of the resources below may be able to assist. If there is a medical emergency, please immediately dial 911 instead.

Please note: The tips and resources provided in this guide are not intended to substitute for professional mental health advice. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness, please consider reaching out to a doctor or mental health professional for support.

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