By Tori Utley
May 29, 2016 

May is mental health awareness month, and there’s no hiding that this has been a hot topic of discussion this year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 43 million adults suffer with a mental illness every year, or approximately 1 in 5 adults in America. With organizations, student bodies and passionate individuals speaking up and speaking out more, it’s apparent that the traction being gained in the mental health field is worthy of attention. With staggering numbers of those who struggle with mental illness annually, there exist clear next steps that must be taken to ensure the future of mental health care for patients is adequate and helpful for those who are in need of these services.