— Barbara Dolan
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this week is Children’s Mental Health Week. It is important to remember that mental health is part of overall health. It is also important to learn early symptoms of mental illness and seek help when it is needed. One in four adults experience mental health problems within any given year. One in 17 lives with conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. To that extent, one in five children experience mental health problems in any given year as well.
One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Unfortunately, too often there are long delays — sometimes decades — between the time symptoms first appear and when people get treatment. Mental health impacts everyone. It’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. Everyone should learn symptoms of mental illness and share with others.
Help end the silence and stigma around mental illness that discourages people from getting help. This month, make a difference in your community. To learn more regarding mental health, contact NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks, LCSW, LCAC at D.U.O. EmpowerMEnt Services or visit www.duogiggles.weebly.com.
— NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks