Gov. signs proclamation for Children's Mental Health Awareness

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As we are in the month of May, let's take the time to focus on the awareness needing to be made in regards to mental health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

Skelly said she disagrees with that assertion and called this the first step in a "very significant injection of funds into wraparound services for mental health care", culminating in $3.8 billion over a 10-year period. When talking about mental health its important to know everyone has mental health. A mental illness is an illness and it affects the way people think, feel, behave, or interact with others.

"Although we serve people 16 and up, and we see them more in the adult phase of their life, where maybe their illness has been continuing on since childhood, we do know that outcomes are so much better when people have their mental health problems addressed early". 'Living a healthy life style supports good mental health, taking small steps can make a huge difference'. According to Rethink Mental Illness, "being mentally healthy is about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face in our lives and to have confidence and self-esteem to be able to make decisions and to believe in ourselves".

In America today, approximately 45-47 million, or 1 out of 5 Americans, is suffering with a mental health issue; and approximately 1 in 25 adults is now experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities.

However, she says stigma on this issue and other mental health conditions is a big barrier.

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This week marks Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association is inviting everybody to get loud for mental health.

Ninety percent of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.

'Often clients suffer because they do not want be identified as someone who has mental health problems, ' states Dr. Lynne Friedman-Gell, Co-Founder of Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center.

Health care workers are sounding off about the provincial government's $174-million funding announcement for mental health and addiction services in Ontario. United Counseling Service is the designated agency serving residents of Bennington County.

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