May is mental health awareness month

Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of Mental Health Month in May, providing resources for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50% of all Americans diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

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Mental Health America is challenging individuals to take the #4Mind4Body challenge to take small steps to improve the “brain-body” connection. You can view day-by-day challenge here.

There are many resources available to educate and address the challenges of mental illness. Know that you are not alone.

If you or a loved one is struggling, you can find support by visting this website.

For a comprehensive list of resources and organizations, you can visit this website. 

For additional tools, including a treatment locator, you can visit the CDC’s mental health web page. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

You also have the option of texting, by using the Crisis Text Line which can be accessed by texting BRAVE to 741-741.

And if you are in immediate need of support, call 911.

 

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