Mind Matters News
May is Mental Health Month.
Mental Health Month aims to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness by raising awareness of mental health conditions and those who have them.
Each year, millions of Americans face mental illness.
1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth experience mental illness each year.
It is estimated that only 45% of adults and 51% of children with a mental illness receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting more than 19% of the adult population each year.
Even before the pandemic, millions of Americans were experiencing stress, trauma, anxiety, and heightened levels of depression. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated those conditions, creating an unprecedented mental health crisis across our country. Black, Brown and Indigenous Communities, frontline workers, health care workers, and individuals with eating disorders have been disproportionately impacted, and the rate of depression across the country has more than tripled compared to rates in 2019, according to the President’s MHAM proclamation.
When: Sunday, May 22
Where: Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Ave., Portland
Registration at 12 pm; walk begins at 1 pm
Walk route is 0.5 miles for as many go-rounds as you like.
“Whether you're able to come walk with us in person in Portland, or want to join a local NAMI affiliate at an event closer to your hometown, OR join us online from the location of your choice, you can do NAMIWalks Northwest Your Way. We are so excited to have an in-person event this year, featuring live music from Fortunate Son, photo ops with Mr. Turkey, magician Jim Seville, balloon twisting, and more. This family-friendly event is also dog-friendly, provided that dogs are on leashes at all times and that their humans clean up after them.
We will also have a livestream component — how you join us is up to you! No matter where you are, you can join us for a virtual walk “your way” — walking, hiking, spending time with family — or, you can join us in person. We will again come together to make a statement that mental health matters, that no one should be embarrassed to ask for help, and that recovery is possible. Funds raised through our walk event help support NAMI programs and services, which are offered at no cost to participants.”