National Mental Health Month

President Barack Obama recently declared May, 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. So what does this mean locally. Susan Shultz, Executive Director for the Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board would like everyone to know that help is available in our communities. The ADAMHS Board of Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties is the leader in promoting positive behavioral health by bringing together local partners to ensure quality Mental Health and Addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery supports are available to all residents.

According to the President, “Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help

they need.

Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.

During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well.”

If you or someone you know need help for mental health or substance abuse in Adams, Lawrence or Scioto counties call 740.354.5648. For crisis situations, call the 24-hour hotline at 740.354.1010.