While there are over 200 classified forms of mental illness, the five (5) major categories of mental illness are:

· Anxiety Disorders.

· Mood Disorders.

· Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders.

· Dementias.

· Eating Disorders.

Maintaining a positive mental health and treating any mental health conditions is crucial to stabilizing constructive behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. Focusing on mental health care can increase productivity, enhance our self-image, and improve relationships.

Mental Health Month has been observed in the United States every May since 1949. It’s a time for us, as a nation, to come together and fight the stigma associated with mental health conditions and those who have them or seek treatment for them. Mental Health Month serves as a reminder that mental illness is common, is treatable, and is nothing to be ashamed of. This year during Mental Health Month we are reminding the more than 43 million American who have a mental illness: You are not alone and your mental health matters, now more than ever.

“Across the United States approximately one in five people may be experiencing the effects of a mental illness,” said Niki Grajewski, Centerstone Clinical Manager. “Here in Southern Illinois, as we battle the effects of poverty, generational trauma, community violence, and now social isolation, among other factors, it is more important than ever to acknowledge when people may be struggling, so we can intervene and assist”