Why Care? May is Mental Health Month.

Take the time to show you care.

(Content provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness).

May is Mental Health Month. One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. According to the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, 16% of Franklin County residents has a depressive disorder,  17% have an anxiety disorder and 52% reported depressive symptoms in the last two weeks.

Mental Health Facts
  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 43.8 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.
Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.
What Is Stigma?
People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
How can you show that you care? Plan to attend one of the free events in Franklin County during May:
  • May 7 at 9:30am: Mental Health Month Proclamation, Franklin County Commissioners Office
  • May 17-19: “Not All Wounds Are Visible” Art Show, May 17, 18 & 19 at the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton Counties, click here for details.
  • May 22 & May 23,8am-12pm: Mental Health First Aid Training at Keystone Health Behavioral Health Center. Funded by Franklin/Fulton MH IDD EI. To learn more and register, click here.  
  • May 24, 10am-2pm: Walk the Walk: 20th Anniversary Advocacy Event hosted by the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton Counties, click here for details.
  • May 28, 6pm-7pm: Seminar on Mental Wellness at Keystone Behavioral Health, click here for details.

Save-the-date for the annual Pathways to Wellness Conference on June 12 hosted by the Mental Health Association of Franklin/Fulton Counties. Contact MHA for more information at 717-264-4301.

To learn more about mental health resources available in Franklin County, contact the Healthy Franklin County Mental Health Task Force