Wellness and Prevention: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans suffer from a mental health condition

Mental health services are under increasing demand and more work is needed in the sector, the Minister of Health says.

How do you know if you could be battling a mental health condition?

AHS wants Albertans to remember, if you are struggling, whether it's day to day stresses, a loss of a loved one, home or job, or family crisis, you are not alone.

CMHA encourages everyone to raise their voices and to be more vocal about depression and other mental health topics. Services include intensive short-term treatment through our crisis services and inpatient services, as well as a full array of supportive community services for persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Dr. Kemp, Chief of Staff at Christus Elect shares important information on mental health.

About 20 local social service providers will be on hand to promote programs and services that can help individuals affected by mental illness and provide support for their families. MHFA will prepare participants for a mental health emergency the same way that CPR/First Aid training prepares you for a medical emergency.

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

"The main goal of mental health awareness month is to just get people talking about mental health issues", explained Myron Gargis, the executive director of Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare.

Last month, cuts to school budgets were also found to be having a "detrimental" impact on education standards in school as two teachers' unions warned that without funding, the state of education in the country was likely to continue to worsen.

Mr Coleman will shortly take a paper to Cabinet outlining the Government's mental health addiction strategy, partly shaped by early feedback on a draft suicide prevention strategy. "They are not willing to engage and provide a human contact with these people who desperately need it and get them to a licensed professional", she said.

The 2017 Budget investment in mental health and addictions services is in addition to the approximately $3.7 billion that Ontario has invested annually in mental health and addictions services. Mental Health America has also created an interactive quiz at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/whatstoofar to learn from Americans when they think specific behaviors or habits go from being acceptable to unhealthy.

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