Honoring Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which was founded with the intention of bringing more awareness to mental health conditions and their effects on those who suffer from them.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 4 American adults is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and 1 in 17 Americans has a serious mental illness. Mental health awareness is very important in the legal community, as many people with mental illnesses need assistance from lawyers to help them navigate an already complex legal system. Someone may need representation in court, or legal advice for claiming benefits they may be entitled to. Many veterans, for example, suffer from afflictions like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and need the help and understanding of a legal professional to help them smoothly transition back to civilian life.
Equal Justice Works has several Fellows focused on mental health issues, who are working on projects that affect change in the prison system, schools and on behalf of Veterans. These Fellows work to make sure clients with mental health illnesses receive the legal representation and support they need by working with a network of insurance companies, health care providers and the government. The services our Fellows provide can help create a better life for people suffering from mental health illnesses and help eliminate the stigma associated with it. Spend some time this month learning more about mental health. Education and awareness are the first steps toward a more just future.Back to
For media inquiries, please contact:
Recent blog posts
- 2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow Ashley Grant Contributes to Report Highlighting Unique Needs of Over-age Middle Schoolers
- 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Michaela Wallin Helps Strike Law Targeting Domestic Violence Victims
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Practicing Service with the Law
- Join a Community of Public Interest Lawyers Across the Nation!
- Gabriella Barbosa (’13) Advocates for English Learners in Los Angeles
- Corey Prachniak (’13) Advocates for Equal Access to Healthcare for the LGBT Community
- AmeriCorps Celebrates 20th Anniversary: A Tribute to our AmeriCorps Legal Fellows Providing Disaster Relief
- AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Rebecca Miller (‘13) Serves Nation’s Low-Income Veterans and their Families
- Laura Huizar (’12) Protects Job Seekers From Employment Agency Abuse in New York City
- Doug Smith (’13) Helps Low-Income Residents and Entrepreneurs Access Opportunities in a Changing Urban Landscape