Mental Health Month
For more than 65 years, Mental Health America and its affiliates have celebrated May as Mental Health Month. The 2014 theme is “Mind your health.” Its website is www.mentalhealthamerica.net; it’s important for you to know alternate sites in which to obtain information about mental illness.
Mental health disorders are real, common and treatable. About one in five American adults (about 44 million people) and about 13 percent to 20 percent of children living in the United States will experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year.
If you notice the following symptoms, you may want to see that your loved one seeks professional medical or mental health services:
In adults: confused thinking; prolonged depression; dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits; strong feelings of anger; and/or substance abuse.
In children: substance abuse; defiance of authority, truancy, vandalism; significant weight loss – or gain; prolonged negative mood or thoughts of death; frequent outbursts of anger.
Where do you go if you think you or your loved one needs help? Start with your medical doctor to rule out any physical issues. Feel free to call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties for a referral to a treating agency. Our phone is listed below.
The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. Call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at (419) 448-0640 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The board’s hotline is available 24/7 at (800) 826-1306.