May is Mental Health Month.
A time to think about the importance of taking care of our minds, just as much as our bodies. This years theme, is #B4Stage4. Advocates, including the Mental Health Association of Connecticut want to get the word out, that just like cancer, heart disease or diabetes, doctors don't want you to wait until Stage 4 to get help or treatment.
Mental illness doesn't discriminate. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of U.S. children and teens getting treatment for mental health issues is up by about 50 percent in the past 20 years. The research was just recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the lead researcher, most of the symptoms appear to be minor, but he agrees further studies are necessary. You can check out his findings here.
What is clear, is catching the early warning signs of mental illness is crucial. Adults and parents can take the first step by taking part in an anonymous online screening.