Wellbeing cafe opened by Jami during Mental Health campaign

Faith Castro
May 20, 2017

Teams and individuals can choose from two separate events: the traditional walk to raise awareness within the community about mental illness, or a 5K colored fun walk/run in which participants travel through nontoxic powder meant to leave them "colorful and happy". At Kaiser Permanente, May 1 also marked the beginning of a new behavioral health campaign, "Find Your Words", aimed at fighting the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mental health professionals gathered Friday morning to discuss how the federal and state governments are helping those with mental illness. Their goal is to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by offering 8-hour courses that teach individuals how to identify and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Navy Medicine East is focused on increasing awareness of psychological and emotional health among service members, veterans, family members and caregivers during the month of May in support of National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental illness is common in children and adolescents. We've come a long way but still have a long way to go.

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Millions of Americans fight a stigma and face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

Building resilience against stress is a big benefit of therapy. "But therapy is still a privilege because it is so expensive for a lot of people and I wish it was more available". I didn't want to give up on the idea, so I got in touch with Taylor from Grout Presents who was keen to get on board and help put something together. "We can prevent a lot of things". Therapy can help a person sort through the feelings that often arise as a result of life in a fast-paced, social media obsessed world.

Linda Qualia, associate dean of counseling services and ACCESS for Collin College, said during the first two weeks of May when end-of-course exams were in full swing, the college's counseling services saw two-thirds as many students as they did in the entire month of April. "You see very few people following prevention models". Psychologist Marian Margulies states, "There have been some studies that show that many physical ailments are ameliorated when someone engages in therapy". "There's a realization that everyone is fighting a different battle and you can't fight it for someone else but you can try to understand", she says. Since our bodies and minds are connected, it makes sense that the relief of therapy will have a positive effect on both. "I think there's a recognition that mental health issues are on par with more-obviously organic issues", he said. The stigma seems seems to be fading, if slowly.

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