May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and here at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, we advocate for individuals with Mental Health illnesses and the necessary Mental Health services.

As I mentioned last week, Tuesday was the opening of our new Behavioral Health Practice. This practice was designed with Taylor County citizens in mind. To celebrate the opening of our practice and Mental Health Awareness Month, this month’s editorials will be focused on Behavioral Health and related topics.

At the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, we are always looking for new ways to improve Public Health within Taylor County. Behavioral Health services are just one way we are making those improvements. However, these improvements cannot be made without public support.

When it comes to Mental Health, public support is low. Society has placed a stigma against Mental Health illnesses and subsequent treatment. This stigma prevents people from getting the help they need while also discrediting the value of Mental Health services. These days, Mental Health services are more necessary than ever before. Did you know, 1/25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness? That’s a huge chunk of our population. It’s no wonder suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Because of the need for Mental Health services, breaking the stigma is more important than ever. Although it’s no easy task, this stigma can be broken if we all band together. By advocating for Mental Health services and being open to discussing mental illnesses with friends and family, we can #BREAKTHESTIGMA in no time!

If you’re interested in advocating for Mental Health Awareness month, please stop by the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department. To show our support for the #BREAKTHESTIGMA movement, we have produced green ribbon pins. You can be an advocate for Mental Health Awareness by wearing a green ribbon throughout the month of May. When someone asks what your ribbon means, you can tell them you are supporting the #BREAKTHESTIGMA movement and tell them what it means. Sharing is caring!

If you’re interested in supporting this movement, please stop by the office and pick up a ribbon pin. These FREE ribbon pins can be picked up during normal business hours; Monday through Friday, 8AM-4PM. But don’t wait too long, supplies are limited!

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