Mental Health Awareness Month

By FPL_Staff

Did you know that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year? May is Mental Health Awareness month and it’s important to know that help is available for yourself or a loved one.

While there is no quiz or checklist for mental illness, here are some common warning signs of mental illness in adults (from the National Alliance on Mental Illness):

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Overuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

Similarly, here are some common warning signs of mental illness in children or adolescents:

  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Frequent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums

If you or a loved one needs help, call or text the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 800-950-6264. If you are in a crisis? Call or text 988.

Library Resources on Mental Health:

The Family Guide to Mental Health Care, opens a new window

Health Understanding Mental Health, opens a new window

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help you Deserve, opens a new window

(Don't) Call Me Crazy, opens a new window

Permission to Come Home, opens a new window