President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as National Mental Health Awareness Month

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National Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of American families affected by mental illness and to redouble our efforts to ensure that those who are suffering get the care and treatment they need.  Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.  Unfortunately, approximately 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of adolescents with mental illness do not get the treatment or other services they need.  As a result, instead of receiving ongoing expert psychiatric care, these individuals often find themselves in emergency rooms, prisons, or living on the streets.

This month, and for the course of my Administration, I am committed to working with the Department of Health and Human Services, States, and communities throughout the country to find a better answer for the millions of Americans who need mental health services and their families. Addressing substance abuse, addiction, and overdose is often critical to improving mental health outcomes.

No American should suffer in silence and solitude.  During Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage all Americans to seek to better understand mental illness and to look for opportunities to help those with mental health issues. For more information from the White House; Proclamation go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/01/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-2017-national-mental-health

Complimentary, Confidential Screenings Available

If you have, believe you may have, or know someone who may be suffering from mental health or substance use concerns; it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be difficult to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to recovery and wellness – and recovery is possible!

Check yourself. This step takes fewer than 5 minutes and can make a big difference. A great place to start is a mental health check-up. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents. Click here to take a mental health screening. After you complete a screening, you’ll receive customized feedback and be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. You may even want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.

Who Cares! We Do! The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline staff is available to assist with mental health screenings. The number to call is 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356). The screening only takes a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services.