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

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May 01, 2017
When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. 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 68 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness 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 and Clinical Director of 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 2016.

Knowing you have resources is important in your journey to good mental health. Community Connection is your local System of Care organization, dedicated to ensuring that all children, youth, young adults and families have access to the necessary care that allow young people to achieve wellness. Community Connection is a collaboration of Grant County resources to support the delivery of youth-directed, family driven services and community supports for youth experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families.

“System of Care is about finding innovative solutions to assist with the diverse needs of youth and families in our communities,” said Susan Miller, Director of Programs and Services at Family Service Society, Inc. “It’s about finding ways to meet families and youth where they are in their struggles and being sure we have quality services and programs to support them.”

Community Connection will be hosting an event on May 10, 2017 at the Marion Public Library, meeting room B from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. To RSVP or to receive more information about this meeting, please email

It is important to understand that you do not have to make this journey alone. Family Services Society, Inc. can be 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, Development Director, (765) 662-9971 ext 103