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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

By Kelly Petty, Marketing Manager

On May 1, 2017 President Donald J. Trump proclaimed May 2017 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In his proclamation he states, “National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of American families affected by mental illness and to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who are suffering get the care and treatment they need.  Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.  Unfortunately, approximately 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of adolescents with mental illness do not get the treatment or other services they need.  As a result, instead of receiving ongoing expert psychiatric care, these individuals often find themselves in emergency rooms, prisons, or living on the streets.”

President Trump shared that for the duration of his administration that he was committed to working with the Department of Health and Human Services, States and communities to help find better answers for those suffering with mental illness. He addressed the stigma that prevents many from seeking care and urges everyone to better educate themselves on mental health issues and to seek to help those dealing with such issues.

Who do you know that is struggling in silence? Be a friend, take the initiative and offer help and resources so that people realize they are not alone. In his closing comments Trump states, “We must support those in need and remain committed to hope and healing.  Through compassion and committed action, we will enrich the spirit of the American people and improve the well-being of our Nation.”

Here are some resources for your reference:

NAMI Colorado (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

For resources and help, contact the Helpline at 303-321-3104. NAMI Colorado is affiliated with the National Alliance of Mental Illness ... NAMI Colorado offers classes to educate both individuals and families on mental health conditions.

Colorado Crisis Services:

If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. Colorado Crisis Services provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Translation services available.

THRIVE Center:

Provides a listing of Mental Health Services throughout the Metro Denver Area along with address and contact numbers.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) - English   or     1-877-SUICIDA (1-877-784-2432) - En Español

National Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline:

The hotline is part of the largest nationwide network of programs and expert resources and regularly shares insight about domestic violence and crises.  1-800-799-7233 

As always, we here at Home Helpers are here to serve our community. Please don’t hesitate to call with questions about local services. We are happy to assist you in finding the care and/or resources you need 303-412-5534.