Many of you are probably already aware of the importance of good mental health. As nursing students, counselors-in-training, and future social workers, you understand that happiness is a complex — and immeasurably important — contributor to well-being. And as busy adults, you’ve undoubtedly felt the pinch of stress, anxiety, insecurity, and other psychological challenges.
Sadly, for every person who really understands mental health, there are just as many who need to learn more. Stigma and shame still surround mental illness, in spite of the fact that mental illness affects 1 in 4 adults in the US — and a full half of Americans will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. Fortunately, May is Mental Health Awareness Month: the perfect opportunity to spread the word about what mental health really means.
Start by assessing your understanding of mental health issues with these online quizzes:
Mental Health America’s Stress Quiz
Canadian Mental Health Association’s Work-Life Balance Quiz
The My Mental Health Campaign’s Measure Your Mental Health Quizzes
We also invite you to explore the library’s extensive collection of psychology resources. Print our research guide, come to the library, and start learning about what mental health really is! These issues affect us all, and the more we know, the happier we can hope to be.
*Can’t make it to the library? Don’t worry: our research guide includes online resources like electronic articles and websites. Learn about mental health from the comfort and privacy of your own home.*