May is National Mental Health Awareness Month 

Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.

Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person’s overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.

  • Quick Facts and Statistics about Mental Health here

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Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
Up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness as revealed by psychological autopsy.
46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental illness.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable.
Individuals with mental health conditions face an average 11-year delay between experiencing symptoms and starting treatment.
Common barriers to treatment include the cost of mental health care, prejudice and discrimination, and structural barriers like transportation.
Sign language accessible interpreters.
many other accommodation needs that prevent you from improving relationships with people in general.
Increases frustration, discrimination, and other many challenges that may be related to mental health.
Even though most people can experience relief from symptoms and support for their recovery in treatment, less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need.
What Is Stigma?
People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination.
Bullying can cause feelings of rejection, exclusion, isolation, low self-esteem, and much more can develop depression and anxiety as a result.
This can make their journey to recover longer and more difficult.
Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition.
Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges and negative reaction, how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.
If you, or someone you know is in crisis, the following organization can assist with mental health in your area or online.
See the list of different mental health services below and they are available for the deaf.
You can reach them on VP, e-mail, or you can contact us for more information.
Please DON’T hesitate to contact us for assistance and we are here for you we can do anything to work with you!
Mental Health Resources:
The Deaf Hotline 24/7 for domestic violence available VP 855-812-1001 or
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for the Deaf.
Call through VRS at 800-273-8255.
Deaf Counseling Crisis Text Line
Enter text # 741741 then type “Home”.
Must be in the United States.

Visit Tri-County GLAD (TCGLAD)’s page here for more resources related to Mental Health Awareness. 

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