DOE's UCOR Initiative Supports May as Mental Health Awareness Month

Hires onsite Mental and Behavioral Health Program Manager

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a national observance started in 1949 to bring attention to the importance of mental well-being. Despite recent strides, many Americans still lack access to high-quality mental health care. Consider these statistics about mental health in the United States: 

- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. 

- Only 47.2% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2021.

- 1 in 20 U.S. adults experiences severe mental illness each year. 

- Only 65.4% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2021. 

- 1 in 6 U.S. youth have a mental health condition, but only half receive treatment. 

- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

To address this in the occupational setting, DOE's Oak Ridge Clean-up contractor, UCOR, has hired a Mental and Behavioral Health Program Manager. Learn more about Dr. Jennifer McKelvey and her services here -https://youtu.be/1u0wpstOki4

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