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Mental Health Awareness Month

A recent survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows more than 43 million Americans have a mental health disorder.  That’s why May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month.  Knowing healthy coping strategies and options for assistance is key to helping people deal with mental health disorders.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reported the most common mental illness in the US is anxiety disorders, making up 18% of the population (40 million). Individuals dealing with these disorders are also more likely to lead to more severe issues and are more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric services.  However, only a third of those dealing with this issue receive treatment for their disorder.

It is important to know that people are dealing with mental health issues, but it is just as important to have steps to deal with these issues in a healthy manner. Some possible strategies for healthy coping with mental health disorders could be meditation, physical activity (walking, yoga, weight lifting, etc), reading, or humor. Taking advantage of activities that often bring enjoyment can be helpful. It can also be helpful to reach out to resources that may be available such as being a part of a spiritual community, meeting up with friends, or spending time with a pet. Finally, many employers offer resources that can provide counseling sessions with no additional cost to the individual receiving them. These employee assistance programs (EAP) can be very useful, but often under-utilized. 

Advocacy is what mental health awareness month is about. There is a lot of talk regarding getting assistance to those dealing with mental health issues but what these individuals need is action. Some ways that anyone can do this is by helping out within the community through resources that help this population. The local shelters, food pantries, and mental health providers all can use our help and support within the community. Also, make your voice heard and take time to contact your representatives when you see an area of need. Bringing attention to a situation could lead to changes that help on a broader scale.

Jackson has an experienced medical provider team, including two medical directors, 3 psychiatric Advance Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and 2 medical ARNPs, along with highly-trained therapists to provide a full continuum of care to our patients.  For more information about our mental health, substance use and co-occurring use disorders, visit our website at or give us a call at 712-234-2300.