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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and each day this month we are featuring a different mental health topic on our blog. 

Mental health challenges affect a large proportion of the population. Nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults struggle with mental health issues and 1 in 12 children have diagnosed anxiety or depression. 

The escalation of COVID-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of many. Social distancing regulations, economic impact, health concerns and the loss of loved ones have increased feelings of anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness—regardless of age, gender or socioeconomic status. 

At VentSpace, we believe it is important to shine a light on the topic of mental health and discuss the struggles we are all facing during this time. There are many reasons people may be hesitant to discuss mental health. Perhaps it feels embarrassing or shameful. Perhaps it is too difficult to directly address painful past experiences. Or perhaps we just don’t know how to discuss this topic because we don’t have the practice. 

The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to draw attention to important emotional, mental and social issues, to increase public dialog, and to inspire healthy action. This month we would like to examine mental health from several different angles and do our part to normalize and encourage discussion about this topic. 

Do you have any topics you would like to see covered on our blog this month? Feel free to drop us a line and let us know. 

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VentSpace is an anonymous online community where people can share their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. It is a free platform where users can discuss topics related to everyday experiences and challenges — or simply just vent.