May is Mental Health Awareness month. According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, one in five people will experience a mental health illness in their lifetime and two-thirds of those diagnosed will not seek treatment for their mental illness.
Although taking care of your mental health is important on a daily basis, there are many factors that can contribute to a mental illness, such as life challenges, brain chemistry, substance abuse, and feelings of isolation (something so many of us can relate to the past few years).
This month at EPB&B we want to help spread the word about the resources available to those who struggle, or have a love one who struggles, with mental illness. From warning signs and symptoms, screening tools, and support networks, help is available. And if you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
If you or someone you care about needs help to cope with life’s challenges, you are not alone.