Explore, Access Resources During Mental Health Awareness Month

Page updated on May 28, 2020 at 11:09 AM

Mental Health Month 2020May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) encourages residents to take steps to better understand mental illness and what can be done to help those that may be experiencing a mental health condition.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, each year, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness, and one in six youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder, a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others.

Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity for individuals, communities, businesses and organizations to explore and raise awareness of mental illness and resources for mental health.

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19, many individuals are newly fighting anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. Those with pre-existing conditions may be doubly challenged.

DCHS offers resources to assist those affected by mental illness:

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate based on age, gender, income, race or ethnicity. It’s important to know that no one should suffer alone; treatment works.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call or text the PRS CrisisLink Hotline at 703.527.4077 or Text "connect" to 855-11; TTY, please dial 7-1-1. You can also call DCHS Emergency Services at 703.746.3401, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.