While every day, we should be aware of mental health issues, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of American live with mental illness or know and love someone who does. This month is a time to fight the stigma, provide support, educate and advocate.
Rise in Mental Health Cases
Mental health is just as serious as physical health, and yet often times it’s overlooked or downplayed. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, it seems as though more people were recognizing mental health issues and began talking about it more. Almost daily we read stories of celebrities who are battling their own demons, on medication, or in therapy.
Whether it’s an actual rise in mental health cases, or simply more awareness of the illnesses, more and more people are acknowledging their own battles. And even with more people speaking up, there are still many things we can all do to help those struggling with support and understanding.
Mental illness is a medical condition that can disrupt a person’s life. Even serious mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more can be helped with the right treatment plans and support.
And a reminder, mental illness does not discriminate. These illnesses can affect anyone, of any age, race, gender, income, etc. But having a mental illness does not mean you’re “broken” or “weak.” Know that you have options, and can find relief.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is on a journey to continue to raise awareness and provide resources for those suffering and their families. This year, their message is “Together for Mental Health.” They are utilizing their website, social media and national events to speak out with person stories, videos and blogs. They offer many ways you can join in and advocate on their website. You can also call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741.
Local Mental Health Resources in Augusta
Thankfully, in Augusta and surrounding counties, we have a wealth of mental health resources. They range based on price, type of support, therapy, medical and more. The Augusta Chapter of NAMI has many resources available on their website, which you can find HERE.
We’ve also added other resources below. If you, or someone you love, is suffering with a mental health issue, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There is no shame in seeking the help you need to live a happier, more fulfilling life. You are not alone.