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May is Mental Health Month and an opportunity to openly address Mental Health issues and stigmas, gather resources, support those struggling with Mental Health challenges and recognize the important role of caregivers. The majority of individuals experiencing mental health symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and other mental illnesses, struggle in silence. They often feel isolated and alone. But, mental health disorders are more common than many realize. Nearly one in five individuals is affected by mental health condition in their lifetime. Additionally, many, many others are at risk of developing condition or have been affected and impacted by friends, family and co-workers. Often, symptoms and treatment of Mental Health issues are dismiss, untreated and stigmatize. Estimate two-thirds of individuals with diagnosable Mental Illness do not get treatment, especially those from communities that may not be open to accessing Mental Health services. In many cases, individuals living with Mental Illness do not seek help due to lack of knowledge, fear of disclosure, rejection by friends and family and discrimination. Other barriers include dismissing warning signs and symptoms, stigma associated with seeking treatment, cost of treatment and mistrust of Mental Health services. But, without treatment, mental health disorders may worsen and increase the difficulty of treating symptoms effectively. Mental Health America is a community-base nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and educating wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Mental health is a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrate health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them and recovery as a goal. Organizations current campaign is mentalillnessfeelslike, and it encourages sharing individual stories of what it is like to live with a Mental Health diagnosis. Mental Health America of Hawaii operates a 24-hour Crisis Line in Hawaii, which helps anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts and crisis. If you are experiencing distress, call 832-3100 or 753-6879 for assistance. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots Mental Health association created and supported by local affiliates, State organizations and volunteers who work in the community to raise awareness and provide support and education about those affected by Mental Illness. The local chapter, NAMI Hawaii, offers educational programs and real-life recovery evidence for individuals and families living with Mental Illness and the general public. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a resource that is available 24 hours day 7 days a week for those in crisis or thinking of suicide. Lifelines toll-free number, 273-TALK, can connect individuals to skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center near you. For general help, Aloha United Way provides assistance through its 2-11 Referral Line and can link you with services throughout Hawaii. If you know someone in need of help, share this information or call for services. Individuals who have been diagnosed with severe Mental Illness can inquire about case management services by calling their insurance company.

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