May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Health & Wellness
Reading Time: 3 mins
Publication Date: 05/25/2022
Fact Checked
Our fact-checking process begins with a thorough review of all sources to ensure they are high quality. Then we cross-check the facts with original medical or scientific reports published by those sources, or we validate the facts with reputable news organizations, medical and scientific experts and other health experts. Each page includes all sources for full transparency.
Reviewed is the nation’s most trusted mesothelioma resource

The Mesothelioma Center at has provided patients and their loved ones the most updated and reliable information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure since 2006.

Our team of Patient Advocates includes a medical doctor, a registered nurse, health services administrators, veterans, VA-accredited Claims Agents, an oncology patient navigator and hospice care expert. Their combined expertise means we help any mesothelioma patient or loved one through every step of their cancer journey.

More than 30 contributors, including mesothelioma doctors, survivors, health care professionals and other experts, have peer-reviewed our website and written unique research-driven articles to ensure you get the highest-quality medical and health information.

About The Mesothelioma Center at

  • Assisting mesothelioma patients and their loved ones since 2006.
  • Helps more than 50% of mesothelioma patients diagnosed annually in the U.S.
  • A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
  • 5-star reviewed mesothelioma and support organization.
Learn More About Us


My family has only the highest compliment for the assistance and support that we received from The Mesothelioma Center. This is a staff of compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who respect what your family is experiencing and who go the extra mile to make an unfortunate diagnosis less stressful. Information and assistance were provided by The Mesothelioma Center at no cost to our family.
Mesothelioma patient’s daughter
  • Google Review Rating
  • BBB Review Rating

How to Cite’s Article


Nolan, D. (2022, May 25). May Is Mental Health Awareness Month. Retrieved June 8, 2023, from


Nolan, Dana. "May Is Mental Health Awareness Month.", 25 May 2022,


Nolan, Dana. "May Is Mental Health Awareness Month." Last modified May 25, 2022.

For more than 70 years, the month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness month. Its goal is to increase awareness of mental health issues in our community and decrease the stigma toward people struggling with mental health issues. 

For those dealing with cancer diagnoses such as mesothelioma, the focus on mental health and emotional well-being is a much more recent development in cancer care. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that the psychological and emotional impact of being diagnosed and treated for cancer was a focus of research and clinical interest. 

The field of psycho-oncology emerged, aiming to research mental health issues in cancer patients and provide mental health treatment to cancer patients and their loved ones as they navigated the ups and downs of cancer treatment. 

Navigating a Cancer Diagnosis

Long before I was a mental health counselor, I was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer while I was in college in 1987. I received my cancer treatment at a state-of-the-art, university-based cancer center in a major metropolitan city and I am grateful that I received amazing care there. 

In 1987, however, there were no support groups or counselors available to me to talk with as I navigated the scary experiences of my cancer treatment. 

No one on my health care team ever asked if I was sleeping OK, having any symptoms of anxiety or if I was struggling in my personal relationships. If they had asked, they would have known that I was struggling with all of those issues in addition to the physical side effects of my cancer treatment.

How Does Psycho-Oncology Benefit Mesothelioma Patients?

In the several decades since my own cancer diagnosis and treatment, the field of psycho-oncology has flourished. A great deal of clinical research with cancer patients has revealed what they and their families are struggling with emotionally, socially and psychologically from diagnosis through treatment and into survival. 

From that growing body of research, we have developed mental health standards of care that are being offered to cancer patients and their loved ones at comprehensive cancer centers throughout the U.S. and around the world. We now know that the incidence of anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance is much higher in cancer patients. 

We have developed psychoeducational programs aimed at helping those who are newly diagnosed with cancer to cope more effectively with the overwhelming emotions and social challenges that they face. Today, many oncologists regularly screen their patients for emotional distress and provide pharmaceutical treatment to their patients when they are struggling with sleep problems, depression or anxiety. 

Since 1995, I have worked in the field of psycho-oncology as an educator, mental health counselor, support group facilitator and researcher. Today there is much less stigma around talking about mental health issues, which helps cancer patients feel more comfortable talking about how they are feeling emotionally. More cancer patients are seeking support from their peers in cancer support groups or from oncology counselors. 

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to facilitate The Mesothelioma Center’s monthly online Mesothelioma Support Group since 2013. In our group, we give mesothelioma patients and their caregivers a place to share their successes and challenges in a safe environment and to offer the opportunity to seek support from their peers. 

Here at The Mesothelioma Center, our patient advocates are available to give you information about our support group or to provide you with assistance in finding qualified mental health services in your community. You can reach a patient advocate at 1-877-626-5916.

paper with magnifying glass
Free Mesothelioma Resources
Get Access to Free Resources for Patients & Loved Ones