May is Mental Health Month
More than 45 million people suffer from mental problems. Many more have mental problems. Â May is National Mental Health Month and the Fulton County Health Servicesâ€™ Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities promotes Mental Health Awareness by providing residents with information regarding mental health disorders, resources and available treatment options.Â Â
This year, National Mental Health Month has two themes.Â The first is â€śDo More for 1 in 4â€ť, which is a call to action for Americans to help the 1 in 4 American adults in their lives who are living with a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition (National Institute of Mental Health statistic).Â The second theme â€“ â€śHealing Traumaâ€™s Invisible Woundsâ€ť â€“ focuses on the impact of traumatic events on individuals and communities.Â
â€śBehavioral health is definitely an important part of overall good health,â€ť states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.Â â€śHealth is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.â€ť
According to Choices in Recovery, a mental health advocacy group, an estimated 26.2% of Americans age 18 and older, 1 in 4 adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Understanding and knowledge are important steps toward empowerment. The more engaged people becomeâ€”and the more they learn about their mental health conditionâ€”the more prepared they will be to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and begin the lifelong process of mental health recovery.
Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides high quality and culturally competent behavioral health care services to the most-in-need citizens of Fulton County.Â The division offers a variety of treatment and rehabilitation services in a behavioral health care model that is designed to help clients achieve & maintain independence and stability so they can play a more productive role within their families and their community.
For information about the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and their Mental Health Month activitiesÂ log-on to www.livebetterfulton.org.