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May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month is an annual observance designed to increase awareness about mental health and mental illness. This year's theme, "Mental Health Matters: In Your Life," reminds Americans that caring for their mental health is as important as taking care of their physical health because mental health impacts all areas of life. This observance is sponsored by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH). NMHA is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the mental health of all Americans. NCCBH is a nonprofit trade association for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services.

Why is good mental health important?

Good mental health is essential to overall health and personal well-being. It also contributes to the ability to lead a healthy, balanced, and productive life. Emotional problems can impair a person's thinking, feelings, and behavior and, over time, can become increasingly serious and disabling. Unfortunately, many people do not seek treatment for mental health issues for a number of reasons. They may not be completely aware of the extent of their problem, they may be hesitant to make contact with a mental health professional because they fear they will be stigmatized, or they may not know how to access services. Yet, overall quality of life is greatly improved when a person with a mental health concern or problem seeks help and receives appropriate treatment from a qualified professional.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are designed to help employees stay emotionally healthy and productive. FOH’s EAP provides confidential counseling and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Click here to learn more about FOH’s EAP.

Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) www.samhsa.gov/centers/cmhs/cmhs.html

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