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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Why is this important? One in five (46.6 million) adults in the United States experience a mental health condition each year, and mental health conditions affect all age groups.  Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 (and three-quarters by age 24).  It is also important to know that mental health conditions (such as depression) are common for people with physical health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. 
 
Early diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions is very important but is often delayed.  Reasons for not seeking help include stigma, feeling overwhelmed, and fear of rejection, bulling, or even discrimination.  These feelings can be external (what other people think) or internal (feelings of shame or low self-esteem). 
 
Daily life with a mental health condition can be difficult, and isolation causes huge challenges.  Together Health Network providers are available to help.  Primary care providers can diagnosis and treat many mental health conditions and can assist with referrals for people with more complex needs.  Also, Together Health Network Sponsors, Ascension and Trinity Health, offer virtual (online) behavioral health services.  These include therapy and access to psychiatrists (physicians who specialize in behavioral health care).  To access services; visit www.virtualcaremi.com to be directed to a behavioral health provider.
 
Together Health Network invites our patients, families, and community members to remember Mental Health Awareness Month.  Please reach out for help to live well!  

Source:  National Alliance on Mental Illness
(https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Awareness-Messaging