May is Mental Health Awareness Month, as recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other public safety groups. The Lakes Treatment Center is proud to observe Mental Health Awareness Month as an alcohol and addiction treatment center with the ability to treat co-occurring disorders through dual-diagnosis treatments. In many cases, substance addiction is caused or worsened by a mental health difficulty, which in turn can worsen the addiction. We are dedicated to helping people in our communities fight this cycle, which includes spreading the word about Mental Health Awareness Month.
In 1949, the first Mental Health Awareness Month was observed. However, its positive impact on society really took off in the early 2000s when SAMHSA began to officially recognize it.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, people can learn about:
- The importance of mental health and mental awareness.
- How mental health difficulties affect them can also affect other people.
- Where to get mental health treatments.
- Suicide prevention and support groups.
- How mental health can be affected by external and internal factors.
- And much more.
If you or someone you know needs help with mental health difficulties or are feeling in crisis right now, please know that help is always available and that there are always people who care about you, even if you’ve never met them. Call or text 988 at any time. From all of us at The Lakes Treatment Center, we are so glad you’re here.
How You Can Observe Mental Health Awareness Month
For years, mental health problems have been brushed aside by society as a whole as “personal problems” that individuals need to “just deal with.” Thanks to recent gains in public awareness and a greater countrywide commitment to all forms of health, most people today know that mental health difficulties take more than a positive attitude to treat and that the struggles of one person can be reflected in the people around them. This is why it is so important for everyone to know about Mental Health Awareness Month and do what they can to promote it.
You can help observe Mental Health Awareness Month by:
- Calling a local addiction treatment center like The Lakes Treatment Center of Modesto, CA, if you know a loved one is struggling with addiction and a co-occurring mental health disorder.
- Talking to your friends and family members about the importance of mental health and ways to remove any stigma surrounding the topic in your circles.
- Scheduling a therapy appointment or asking your doctor about therapy if you have been curious about its benefits but were waiting for the right moment to act.
- Sharing this blog post with people you know, so they can learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month, too.
If you would like to know more about The Lakes Treatment Center or if you need our help fighting addiction, then please feel free to contact us online. You can also request a complimentary phone consultation by dialing (209) 309-3573.