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Mental Health Awareness Month

Learn about Mental Health Awareness and its impact at Canyon!
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According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), mental health is our overall state emotionally and psychologically, as well as our social well-being. There are many reasons that mental health can be affected, and the rise of mental illness is notable. In people aged 18-25, there has been a 5.6% rise from 2009 to 2019 (

So what is the cause of mental health issues? Biological factors, trauma, abuse, and other life experiences, as well as a family history can all impact your mental health. The major mental illnesses in the US are anxiety disorders as well as depression and bipolar disorder ( Being able to identify the symptoms of mental illness is crucial to overcoming them. 

Common symptoms of mental health problems include: antisocial behavior, anxiousness, eating/sleeping too much, having little energy, feeling hopeless, having severe mood swings, and more ( Seeking help can be challenging, but it is important to be able to improve. Talking to a healthcare professional about your concerns is a great first step, but even talking to a trusted adult or friend can help. From there, therapy or medication treatment might be given if it’s right for you. 

There are some simple and easy techniques that you can practice now. Taking a break from screen time can boost your mood and improve your self-esteem ( Exercise is another great way to gain clarity too. This month is mental health awareness month, and it is celebrated in films, media, and events as a way to boost awareness of the topic. 

At Canyon, this past week week was dedicated to mental health and had many activities to promote an overall positive state of mind. From making stress toys to broadcasting videos bringing awareness and showing how students can seek help, there are many opportunities for students to get involved this month. Overall, mental health can be a stigmatized topic, but during the month of May it is talked about more across the US. If you or someone you know is severely struggling, call the suicide hotline at 988 or visit for help.

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