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Each month, we interview a member of our coalition, bring together experts from the mental health field and broader community to share news articles about mental health topics, announce community events, our upcoming facebook live events—and so much more. We also offer a handy PDF version to print and share.
Growing up I felt like something was off. I never felt right or like I fit in. I was quiet & easily blended in. When I began drinking alcohol & using substances as an early teen, it made me feel like I could talk to anyone. It made me feel good because it...
We recently spoke to West Side Community Services (WSCS) about their mission and how they promote mental wellness.
According to the CDC, suicide rates are on the rise among people aged 65 and older. Causes of suicide in older adults range from depression to grief over the passing of loved ones, to chronic illness.While depression is a common problem among older adults, the...
We recently spoke to Sheila Hunt, Chief Program Officer at OLV Human Services, about OLV’s mission and how they promote mental wellness.
The Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition’ mission reflects Mrs. Carter’s trailblazing work to reduce stigma. Sharing stories about struggles and successes of people with mental illness reduces stigma and encourage people to get the help they need.
Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are common mental health challenges for Veterans and members of the military. Research suggests that 11–20% of veterans experience PTSD each year — significantly higher than past-year estimates for the general population at less than 4%.
As an agency that offers mental health services, JFS also recognizes its responsibility for leading and encouraging conversations about stigma, so people feel more comfortable accessing not just our services, but other available mental health services.
Men are less likely to seek help for depression, substance abuse, and stressful life events due to social norms, reluctance to talk, and downplaying their symptoms.
Prevention is a proactive approach that keeps healthy people healthy and gives those at higher risk a better chance of avoiding dangerous and unhealthy behaviors. Underage drinking, substance abuse, problem gambling, bullying, obesity, violence, suicide, and a host of related problems can be reduced when the proper prevention strategies are implemented. Preventionfocus puts such strategies to work every day to stop problems before they start.
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness, hopelessness and feeling like everything is an effort. Yet, only one...
September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, this month spreads hope and vital information to people affected by suicide.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services observes National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month each July to bring awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness in the United States.