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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By. Dr. Beth B. Williams • May 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Each year, over 40 million Americans — about one in five adults — face the reality of living with a mental illness.

During May, the MHAS Board is proud to stand with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health America (MHA) and others in raising awareness, fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. With support, people learn to cope so they can live a happier, healthier, and higher quality of life.

These are our friends, family, co-workers, students, and loved ones who may be experiencing symptoms of mental health issues that may not be visible or obvious. Friends and family of someone experiencing mental health issues are encouraged to learn how to recognize the signs and also know where they can go to get help for those who are in crisis.

One way to help is by getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy. This goes a long way in supporting those experiencing mental illness.

The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services works with an array of agencies who provide treatment, prevention, support and training services. Through effective programs and compassionate team members, we seek to communicate the message to those who are having thoughts of self-harm or feelings of hopelessness, that there is hope. Those who may be struggling with these issues are encouraged to take the simple step of texting “4HOPE” to 741741, or call 800-826- 1306, or visit our website at http://huroncountymhas.org/mhas-agencies.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month and in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, NAMI of Huron County is hosting an Appreciation Day on Saturday May 19, 2018. Join friends at the Norwalk Reservoir for lunch, games, door prizes, relaxation and informational speakers at 11 a.m. This event is free to everyone interested in celebrating and supporting a healthy and happy community. Remember, good mental health is just as important as good physical health.

Fitness #4Mind4Body — is a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Beth B. Williams is the executive director of the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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