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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The multiple community agencies that make up the West Kentucky Mental Health Workgroup have joined together to raise awareness for Mental Health during Mental Health Awareness Month this May.

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, the West Kentucky Mental Health Workgroup joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. One in 5 adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year, including 746,000 adults in Kentucky with a mental health condition. Additionally, the increasing mental health burden among the youth and adolescent population is particularly alarming. One in 6 (17.4%) children in the United States aged 2-8 years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.