By Jennifer Hall
It has been estimated that over 18% Americans live with some sort of mental health disorder. Without accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety can lead to difficulties in school, increased absenteeism, job loss, disruptions to family life, and increased use of inpatient mental health services.
In 1949 Mental Health America (MHA) designated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness and to educate the public about the realities of mental health diagnoses. Seventy years later, America continues to make progress—not only in the management of mental illness, but also in reducing the societal stigma that can accompany a mental health diagnosis.
This year, MHA is expanding on last year’s theme of #4Mind4Body and further exploring the role of companion animals, work-life balance, and societal connections as ways to promote both mental health and overall wellness. The organization offers a free, downloadable toolkit that includes outreach ideas, resource lists, and fact sheets. For more information or to download the toolkit, check out the MHA website.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) office in Lexington provides a comprehensive list of mental health resources within the state, including emergency services, supportive housing, legal assistance, counseling, youth services, and more. Check out the NAMI resource page for more information.
Do you or a family member need urgent mental health care? The following organizations offer mental health hotline and crisis intervention services in Kentucky.
Crisis Center and 24 Hour Hotline: (800) 633-5599
24 Hour Helpline: (800) 928-8000
National Crisis Text Line
Text TALK to 741741
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
Center for Women and Families
At Key Assets, we understand the importance of maintaining the highest care standards for our clients, patients, their families, and the communities we serve. We are committed to the idea that each person should be accepted both for who they are and who they aspire to be.
Our team of qualified, compassionate professionals serves the behavioral health needs of children and adults in Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford Counties in Kentucky. We specialize in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety/depression, autism spectrum disorders, and grief and loss. And we offer targeted case management and individualized care designed to improve outcomes for our patients and their families.
If you or a family member is struggling with a mental health issue, don’t go it alone. Contact Key Assets today and discover how we can help.