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    Together, we are MORE THAN ENOUGH

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 7th, 2023

    Together, we are MORE THAN ENOUGH

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines mental health as emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.  

    There are so many myths surrounding mental health. Take the mental health quiz to test your knowledge.

    Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Our mental health can change over time, depending on many factors. Our mental health can be impacted when the demands on us exceed our resources and coping capabilities. For example, working long hours, caring for a loved one, or experiencing hardship may lead to poor mental health.

    • More than 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness.
    • Over 1 in 5 youth (ages 13 -18) has had a seriously debilitating mental illness either currently or at some point during their lives.
    • About 1 in 25 U.S. adults have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “More Than Enough.” “More Than Enough” means no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background, or ability, there is value in each of us. We are worthy of being here because we are “More Than Enough.” The fact that you got out of bed today is “More Than Enough.” Being present for a friend, even when silent, is “More Than Enough.”

    There is no single cause for mental illness. Several factors contribute to putting one at risk:

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences – trauma or history of abuse as a child (for example – child abuse, sexual assault, witnessing violence)
    • Experience related chronic medical conditions like cancer or diabetes
    • Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain
    • Use of alcohol or drugs
    • Having feelings of loneliness or isolation

    Mental health plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being. Mental health and physical health are equally important. Do not ignore your mental health.

    If you or a loved one is struggling or in crisis, help is available:

    • Call or test 988 or chat at
    • To learn how to get support for mental health, drugs, and alcohol issues, visit
    • To locate treatment facilities or providers, visit or call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357)

    To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month, visit:

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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