May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Each May, we join the national movement along with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring awareness to mental health. Millions of Americans currently live with a mental illness. In fact, 26% of people ages 18 and older battle a diagnosable mental disorder each year. Many struggle with more than one mental disorder at a time, particularly depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse, which tend to overlap.
Unfortunately, many individuals do not seek treatment until 11 years after the onset of symptoms, which is in part due to the stigma around seeking help. Another barrier to seeking help is accessibility of mental health services. Some communities simply do not have access to the education and resources needed to address symptoms and receive medical treatment.
At Jonas Hill, our mission is to bridge the gap between those struggling with mental health and the potential lack of resources, crowded hospital facilities and/or long wait times when receiving care. We aim to serve the community and provider hope, healing and holistic treatment programs by combining an inpatient hospital unit with outpatient care and education.
Together for Mental Health
This year’s national theme for Mental Health Awareness Month is “Together for Mental Health”. The theme reinforces that together, we can support one another while getting appropriate, high-quality care. Mental health awareness is vital in a community – when we acknowledge each other’s emotional needs and frequently check in on those we love, we can create a more seamless back and forth that keeps people accountable. Not only that, but we also need welcoming structures and institutions in place, so people are encouraged to seek help.
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI is making a comprehensive effort to bring voices together to advocate for mental health via digital content such as blogs, videos, toolkits, personal stories and national events. Together through self-expression, we can achieve a more united nation affected by mental health.
Share Your Story
Want to get involved? NAMI is seeking story submissions, they want people to share how they advocate for mental health in their communities. NAMI will feature a variety of stories to share perspectives from different cultures, communities, ages and lifestyles to bring people together through a common theme. No one should feel alone when it comes to mental illness. By encouraging people to share their unique stories, we hope to increase awareness about mental illness, while allowing people to feel their voice is heard.
Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic
Jonas Hill has a 27 bed adult inpatient unit and outpatient treatment, which includes open concept architecture, high ceilings for natural light and barrier-free spaces to eliminate feelings of confinement. Our clinically proven, transformative healthcare provides patients with a team of trusted experts and mental health partners in a safe, healing environment. Our outpatient psychiatric clinic includes behavioral health clinicians, group therapy, family counseling, medication management and individual psychotherapy.
Not sure where to start? Resources from established mental health organizations such as NAMI, RHA Mobile Crisis Services (MCM) and Mental Health America provide tools for a healthier you.
For more information about Jonas Hill, contact us today.
Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic, a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact us today for more information. A safe space to heal.