May is Mental Health Month

Mental illnesses are biologically based brain disorders that can profoundly disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life. Mental illnesses include disorders such as schizophrenia, major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

Mental disorders affect one-quarter of all Americans. On any given day one out of every four people you pass may be experiencing a mental illness. By this count more than two million of Ohio’s 11 million citizens experience some form of mental disorder, including 200,000 children.

Source: Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, http://www.oacbha.org/faq.php, retrieved June 2014


Mental Health Month resources

Mental Health America toolkit For over 65 years, Mental Health America and their affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. Organizations can join them in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials. Access the toolkit »

SAMHSA on Children’s Mental Health Day National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. Learn more from SAMHSA »

NAMI resources During the month of May, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. Learn more from NAMI »

What is mental health? Mental health is how you feel about yourself, others, your life and how you are able to meet and handle the demands of life. Mental health is not the absence of problems. Rather, it describes the ability of the person to be flexible and resilient and able to address the problems with appropriate coping skills. More on Mental Health Help »

StarkMHAR Care Network This local directory of qualified service providers, within StarkMHAR’s provider network, address mental health and addiction treatment. The directory includes a brief description of each provider’s services, programs and contact information. Learn more about StarkMHAR’s Care Network »

Help for youth at their fingertips Crisis Text Line serves people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text messaging. More on Crisis Text Line »

How are you feeling today? Are you experiencing stress, depression or anxiety? Are you concerned you may be dependent on alcohol? Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.

How are you feeling today?

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