Isn’t it interesting how things change over time? And how certain issues become mainstream?

What about mental health? No one talked about mental health wellness when I was growing up. I can remember one of my dad’s best friends dying by suicide when I was little, and even after that it wasn’t talked about. It was taboo and I don’t think people around me even knew how to articulate the issue. But now, the topic of mental health is discussed in the workplace, in schools, among friends and in the media. Why the change?

Believe it or not, May was established as Mental Health Month in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives. It’s not a new idea that mental health is essential for a person’s overall health, so this topic is not new to the scene. But why has the topic become so popular?

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