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May 2018 is Mental Health Awareness Month and Family Service Society, Inc. wants to be your resource

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May 04, 2018
When it comes to mental health care, our state is falling short. According to Mental Health America, Indiana ranks 48th out of all 50 states when it comes to mental health; this ranking is a combination of the prevalence of mental illness and the accessibility to care for those with a mental illness. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

“Good Mental Health is a struggle for everyone because no one is perfect. It takes emotional courage to reach out and admit our struggles.” states Ed Pereira, therapist, Family Service Society, Inc. “Good Mental Health is acknowledging that I have emotional and life issues and I am embracing them, by learning how to improve, cope and maintain.”

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year and 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness began by the age of 14. A large number of those diagnosed are not receiving treatment, with 60% of adults and 50% of youths, age 8-15 not receiving mental health services in 2017.

“The Grant County Health Rankings show that in our county alone, 13% of our citizens are experiencing frequent mental distress. Using our 2015 US Census Bureau information, that’s 8837 people who could likely use our help or the help of others to improve their mental health. We are striving for the day when we each look at our mental wellness the same way we look at our physical wellness—if you don’t feel good, you go to your doctor without even giving it a second thought. We want everyone to realize the critical importance of mental wellness to a vibrant and thriving life and to know that we are here to help them through those challenging times so they can craft the life they dream of.”

Knowing you have resources is important in your journey to good mental health. It is important to understand that you do not have to make this journey alone. Family Services Society, Inc. is a resource to provide you with the necessary help or to connect you with an appropriate organization that can serve your needs. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety or just doesn’t know where to turn, Family Service Society, Inc. can help. Please call, 765-662-9971 and we will get you to the right place for the right care. You do not have to struggle alone.

For more information about the services provided by Family Service Society, Inc. and the mission we serve, please visit
Iris Brunner, Marketing and Development Director
(765) 662-9971 x103