Updated: May 20, 2021
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Steelers are doing their part to help create awareness for an issue that's often overlooked in society.
The Steelers community relations department on Twitter today posted that UnpackUPPGH held a Mental Health Action Day to educate our community on ways to get involved and take action for mental health support - whether for yourself, your loved ones or for all by advocating for systemic changes.
Steelers president Art Rooney II also released a statement, "I have always thought the best approach to every day is to count your blessings. We all know, especially now, some days are better than others. But there are blessings to be thankful for every day."
JuJu Smith-Schuster also joined his friends at HyperX on a message of hope for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Chase Claypool made a post earlier this month in support of mental health awareness, as well.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019). Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe. Cases of depression and anxiety have increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as well.