Press release from Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Mental Health America, a national advocacy group for mental health and mental health services, is marking the month of May, which is Mental Health Month, with a campaign called “Do More for 1 in 4,” raising awareness of the fact that one in four American adults live with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition and the fact that those individuals are able to live full and productive lives while recovering from those conditions.
On May 3, the nation also marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. In 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services launched the initiative as an opportunity for children's mental health initiatives within SAMHSA and Awareness Day co-sponsors and supporters to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families.
According to SAMHSA statistics, one in five children and adolescents experience mental health challenges that impact early learning, social interactions and the overall well-being of their families. Children and adolescents may encounter a variety of issues including attention problems, post-traumatic stress, and depression.
Community Mental Health Center, Inc., 285 Bielby Road, Lawrenceburg, joins Mental Health America and SAMHSA as they work to draw attention to the importance of mental health and mental health services during the month of May and throughout the year.
“We want everyone to know that while mental health and substance use conditions are common, they are extremely treatable and individuals go on to recover” from those conditions, said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America, in a media release from Mental Health America.
Dr. Shern went on to say that too many people who are living with a mental health condition – perhaps as much as 50 percent – never seek or receive treatment due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health insurance coverage.
“We need to change that. It’s important that everyone have access to treatment and services because we have a tremendous amount of knowledge about how to identify, treat and even prevent mental health conditions,” said Dr. Shern.
During Mental Health Month, Mental Health America also continues its “Live Your Life Well” campaign. According to the Mental Health America website, “Live Your Life Well” helps people focus on ways to maintain good mental health. The campaign offers people 10 specific research-based tools that can help combat stress and promote health and well-being. The 10 tools are:
Connect with others
Get physically active
Get enough sleep
Create joy and satisfaction
Take care of your spirit
Deal better with hard times
Get professional help if you need it
For more information about Mental Health America and the “Do More for 1 in 4” campaign, visit the Mental Health America website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net. There also is a specific site for the “Live Your Life Well” campaign at www.liveyourlifewell.org.
One Community One Family, the System of Care collaborative in which Community Mental Health Center is a partner, has worked to publicize child and adolescent mental health matters.
Staff members have been speaking on some area radio programs and making presentations in a variety of venues, and have encouraged local governments to proclaim both Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Mental Health Month. In fact, among those, county commissioners in all eight of the counties in the Systems of Care collaborative – Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush and Switzerland – have signed proclamations.
CMHC, Inc. also marks its accomplishments during Mental Health Month. In State Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010), CMHC helped more than 6,000 clients. Clients reported seeking services for problems such as depression, anxiety and stress, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Clients came to CMHC from the Center’s primary service area (Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties), from throughout the rest of Indiana, and from out of state.
“Community Mental Health Center provides a wide array of services for individuals in need of behavioral health support. Our staff members are well-recognized and well-respected for their caring and compassionate approach in providing state-of-the-art, proven-to-work professional services,” said CMHC Executive Director Tom Talbot.
“We can make a significant difference in the lives of the persons we serve, allowing individuals to live independent and fulfilled lives on a daily basis. There is an old saying: ‘If only those that reach . . . could touch.” If you are in need of behavioral health care, reach out to us. Together, let’s see what a difference we can make in your life. Our services are affordable and responsible, or, to put it another way, the right services for the right individual at the right time,” said Mr. Talbot.
“I’m very proud of our staff members and their capacity to make a difference in the lives of the people we help. I believe the positive impact we’ve had on the individuals and communities we serve will continue far into the future.”
CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Laurel, Lawrenceburg, Osgood, Rising Sun, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the region. The Center offers an array of services – from outpatient counseling to transitional and permanent housing for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses – throughout this network. CMHC employs professional staff, from case managers to psychiatrists, to provide these services.
Even though efforts have been made in recent years to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment, many people still do not seek such treatment because of that lingering stigma. Everyone from young children to older adults can experience problems with mental health. Thankfully, available treatments are effective in helping people deal with such problems.
Progress has been made recently in seeking to establish and promote treatment and insurance parity for mental health and substance abuse treatment services. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure that financial requirements and treatment limitations applicable to mental health or substance abuse disorders benefits are no more restrictive than the predominant requirements or limitations applied to all medical and surgical benefits.
If you, or a friend or a neighbor, are dealing with depression, anger, stress, substance abuse or addiction, grief, or another mental health issue, please contact CMHC, Inc., at (812) 537-1302, or visit our website at www.cmhcinc.org to find an office near you. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (812) 537-1302, or toll-free at 1-877-849-1248.
All services of Community Mental Health Center, Inc., are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation or political belief.