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End the Mental Health Stigma

Given the current climate of social distancing, it is important now more than ever to speak about mental health. There is a negative stigma that still exists today, which could make it difficult for those struggling to find help. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), this year 

Mental health disorders include a variety of symptoms which affect a person’s mood, thinking, feeling, and, in some cases, severe enough to affect their ability to participate in activities or daily life.  Some of the most common symptoms include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and much more serious illnesses. Many people experience anxiety or depression in their lifetime that lasts a brief period, but then often brought upon by some traumatic event such as death, divorce, job loss, or other life change.  In other cases, people suffering from mental health issues have a life-long battle with these disorders. 

What is important to know is YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Even though the stigma for seeking help still exists, there are resources available for help, some even anonymous.  Below, you can find links to education materials to provide support to families dealing with mental illness. Mental health counselors are available in-person and by tele-health communication, making visits easier to access.

If you are looking for help, consider talking with your primary care physician who can guide you to resources that will work best for you.  If you prefer, you can reach out to the resources below where you can chat online, schedule a tele-health visit, or talk to a specialist in person.

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255).
  • You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

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