Changing the way we think about mental health

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green ribbonMay is National Mental Health Awareness month — take time to educate yourself and others.

Knowing the facts about mental health conditions can help you reduce the stigma and support the people in your life who need it. The exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known. They can be influenced by many factors — from genetic to environmental. But more important: Mental health conditions are both common and treatable. People can — and do — live full and happy lives with the help of treatment. Support friends and loved ones.

Recovery is Possible!

One in 5 Americans will have a mental health condition at some point in their life. Each has his or her own story and journey. To approach mental health with kindness and empathy, remember to see the person, not the illness. That includes being thoughtful in the language you choose. For example, say “Suzy has bipolar disorder” rather than “Suzy is bipolar.”

Knowledge is power. When it comes to screening and treatment, the earlier the better.

Georgia Resources:

Office of Disability Services Ombudsman:

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities