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Oct 5, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week is October 4 through October 10, 2020. This year, it’s essential to be aware of your mental health and the people you love more than ever before. As the pandemic forces people into isolation, keeps children out of school, and hits household finances hard, calls to crisis lines across the country are up, domestic violence cases are on the rise, and people struggle to adjust to the new normal. Mental Health Awareness Week offers essential reminders to consider the people around us who may be struggling with psychological disorders without the benefit of appropriate therapy.
Mental Health Awareness Week encourages us to increase our knowledge base and understand what people face when they live with a mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) shares some numbers that may be surprising.
Your circle of friends and family members likely includes someone who struggles to maintain their mental health and daily functioning. It’s essential to understand the prevalence and let them know that they are not alone. Take the time to learn about support groups, outpatient treatment centers, and crisis lines in your area so that you know where to help someone find professional assistance.
As Mental Health Awareness Week approaches, take advantage of the opportunities to get involved in advocacy and community education. The available activities will vary by community, so watch your local media outlets to find out what’s happening in your area. Here are a few suggestions that most people can take on:
If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health challenges, you don’t have to wait for Mental Health Awareness Week to find help. Reach out to us at MHS. Our caring professionals provide evidence-based therapy services to adolescents and adults in supportive, respectful, and safe environments. We want you to know that it is possible to live a happy and fulfilling life after a mental health diagnosis with the right treatment plan. Call (952) 835-2002.
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