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Back to Basics

With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. That’s why for Mental Health Month this year, Mental Health America (MHA) is getting back to basics.

Don't Wait

Addressing mental health symptoms early is critically important for overall health.

Get Screened

Life can be challenging, but every day shouldn’t feel hard or out of your control. If it does, one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening at mhascreening.org.

You Are Not Alone

When facing a mental health concern or living with a mental health condition, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. You aren’t alone – help is available, and recovery is possible.

  • Back to Basics

    With mental health entering more and more of our daily conversations, it’s critical that everyone has a solid foundation of knowledge about mental health. That’s why for Mental Health Month this year, Mental Health America (MHA) is getting back to basics.

  • Don't Wait

    Addressing mental health symptoms early is critically important for overall health.

  • Get Screened

    Life can be challenging, but every day shouldn’t feel hard or out of your control. If it does, one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening at mhascreening.org.

  • You Are Not Alone

    When facing a mental health concern or living with a mental health condition, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. You aren’t alone – help is available, and recovery is possible.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 By Michelle Israel, LCSW-R, Director of Behavioral Health

 

This May – and throughout the year – let us continue to work together to bring awareness to mental health and substance use challenges. Use your voice to change lives!

Addressing mental health symptoms early is critically important for overall health.

This month, we are focused on the importance of connecting individuals to appropriate mental support services on a timely basis-- when they need it and without feeling shame.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. Everyone is at risk of facing challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Experts tell us that the average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years. Intervening during the early onset can save lives.

Multiple factors impact mental health from conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age that affect quality-of-life. The two-year COVID-19 pandemic impacted the mental health well-being of many individuals as their routines were disrupted, supports and services closed, significant grief and loss watching themselves and loved ones fall victim to the disease, and the social distancing and other restrictions placed on them to keep them safe but also disconnected them.

Individuals with disabilities and those with IDD are at a higher risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disabilities impact all of us! Their infographic shows the 1 in 4 adults in the U.S., 61 million Americans, have a functional disability type. Public health and preventive health care is for all of us! Click here to access the CDC research.

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are a vulnerable population. Several factors contribute to people with IDD being at greater risk for mental health and substance use disorders. These include lack of employment and lack of recreational options​, social isolation, transportation challenges, homelessness and housing instability, physical abuse, and trauma at a higher frequency, and overall lower socioeconomic status.​

What can be done to address the barriers and limitations to accessing mental health care?

First, we need to remove the limited availability of services and funding, along with attitudes, policies, and beliefs that discredit the needs of the individuals​ seeking care. We need to start thinking about our mental health the way we do our physical health. Better education and training will help.

Our care management workforce was fully certified through the nationally recognized evidence-based training program, Mental Health First Aid, a three-year certification. The Mental Health First Aid public education program was developed by the National Council of Mental Wellbeing to teach course participants how to identify, understand, and respond to mental health and substance use disorder warning signs and risk factors in adults.

The following was implemented to better support members and families:

  • Training in Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • Training in Understanding Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder
  • Trauma informed Care
  • Ongoing clinical supports for individuals in crisis
  • Emphasizing approaches that support identifying practitioners that are skilled in supporting people with IDD

Through role-playing and simulations, the eight-hour, interactive program provided Care Managers with skills for supporting individuals with a mental health and/or substance use problem by recognizing symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other support assistance. It helped to remove the fear and hesitation associated with starting conversations on mental health and substance use problems, thus decreasing the stigma surrounding psychiatric diagnoses

Click here to learn more about the Mental Health First Aid Training.

Mark Your Calendars

  •  May 8-14 is National Prevention Week, an annual observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use prevention and promoting positive mental wellbeing.

  •  Thursday, May 19, Mental Health America is encouraging and empowering people to take the next step by joining #MentalHealthAction. Click here to learn more. Take action to improve your mental health or assist a loved one.

  • Saturday, May 21, Support Mental Health Awareness Day with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) in NYS (New York State) from 10:30 am - 2 pm in Washington Park, Albany. NAMI-NYS and NAMI CR (Community Residence) will be hosting a family friendly day to promote Mental Wellness & Recovery with music, games, activities, resources and more! Click here to learn more.
  • Click here for June dates for NAMI NYC and Mid-Hudson events. To find all NAMI New York events, click here.

 

Resources

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services

SAMHSA’s Find Treatment site includes information and direct links for people who need help — from an Opioid Treatment Program Directory to Substance Use and Behavioral Health treatment locators and the Veterans’ crisis line.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States:
800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

Crisis Text Line

Text “MHFA” to 741-741. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, this organization helps people with mental health challenges by connecting callers with trained crisis volunteers who will provide confidential advice, support and referrals if needed. Also available on WhatsApp.

The Trevor Project

Text “Start” to 678-678, call 866-488-7386 or chat at TheTrevorProject.org. Trained counselors are available 24/7 to support people under 25 who are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of a safe and judgment free place to talk. The Trevor Project specializes in supporting the LGBTQI+ community.

SmokeFree

Smokefree.gov, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides ideas about all stages of stopping tobacco use – from how to start quitting to how to “stay quit.” The site includes downloadable resources and contacts for online and phone counseling.

Recovered

Recovered.org features information for those struggling with addiction, people who want to know more about substance use disorders and those looking to learn about treatment options for addiction. 

Start Your Recovery

Start Your Recovery works with leading experts in effectively treating substance use issues to offer people a single source for relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey. The site can be tailored to provide information for yourself or a loved one.

Other Resources

Social Media and Mobile Resources 

Mental Health America (2022). Prevalence of Mental Illness 2022.

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