May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Like with any other awareness month, this month is about bringing…

May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month since 1949. Like with any other awareness month, this month is about bringing awareness to a particular (mental health). A mental illness can be defined as a condition that makes doing your normal or routine things difficult. There is a list of mental illnesses that one can have varying on scales. The only way to know for sure if you have a mental illness is to get evaluated. In some cases more than one evaluation by various professionals is needed. If you or know someone who may be suffering from a lot of stress or a mental illness, there are resources available. Affordability can sometimes stand in the way of receiving services but there are some options available. You can talk to your school counselor or school psychologist. There are also federal and state funded agencies that may offer free or sliding scales services. The National Association of Free Clinics has a search engine to help you locate the nearest free clinic to you. If you want more information about mental illnesses, you can check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website.


– Dyanne

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