Michelle Wilson, wellness program manager
Mental Health Awareness Month: In this together
May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a topic that touches everyone in our country, whether we are facing our own mental health issues or those of someone we know. We may be caring for family members with mental health issues, or we may experience occasional depression or anxiety. Mental health issues are similar to physical health issues in that we may need professional treatment and support. We all need compassion and caring, no matter what health issues we face.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
- 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
- 1 in 6 U.S. youth (aged 6-17) experience a mental health disorder each year
We are in this together.
It is important to reach out if you or someone you care about is facing a mental health issue. The following resources are available:
- Contact our care teams at 541-535-6239 and ask about our mental health services.
- Reach out to people you trust for support.
- Visit the National Alliance on Mental Health website for more resources: nami.org
Tip: We can all use support in keeping our mental health in a state of balance. Remind yourself to do three things each day for your well-being in this area: take time to relax and play; connect with other people; and practice gratitude for things in your life. When we are relaxed, connected, and feeling thankful, we are more able to handle whatever life brings. Be well.