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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH

AWARENESS MONTH

 One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Families, friends and communities are also affected by mental health disorders.

- See more at: www.nami.org

 

 

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Most people wouldn’t hesitate to see a doctor when they’re injured or feeling physically ill.  However, those with mental health challenges (such as depression, substance abuse, anxiety) are reluctant to seek help due to the stigma that still exists today regarding these kinds of problems.  They’re afraid to be thought of as “crazy”, “weak” or “dangerous”.  They don’t want to attract the “wrong attention” at work or among family and friends.  Unfortunately many people suffer in silence and don’t seek help until they’re in crisis or severely distressed. 

 

What is Mental Health?

 

Mental health is defined as:  a state of well-being; to be mentally and emotionally sound; to have the ability to meet the demands of everyday life.  Everyone experiences distress in their life, whether they’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or not.  For most people, a stressful event may cause brief distress in their life and they recover as expected.  For someone struggling with a mental health disorder, that stressful event is felt more intensely and frequently, causes significant distress, and interferes with daily functioning.

 

Break the stigma!  Mental health disorders are real.  It’s important to seek treatment for mental health problems at the first sign of distress in your social, emotional or occupational life.  There is no need to wait until there is a crisis.  Early intervention is key.  Mental health problems, not only affect the individual, but can take a toll on their loved ones as well.

 

Help is available.

 

Mental health problems affect adults, teens, and children and can be a scary.  Taking that first step to get help can be tough.  It can be difficult to know what information to look for or know how to get started.  Where do I go?  How much will it cost?  Do I really need to go?  Education is important to understanding mental health problems and the options available to help.    

 

EAS is here to help.  Our professional staff of licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists have been helping County of Riverside employees and their families since 1983.  EAS is a free, confidential employee benefit designed to assist all county employees and their immediate family members when work or personal issues are affecting their quality of life.  We all need help from time to time.  Call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 to schedule your no-cost appointment.  We have two locations to serve you:

•  RIVERSIDE: 3600 LIME ST., BLDG. 3, STE. 314, RIVERSIDE, CA 92501

•  DESERT AREA: 68-625 PEREZ RD., STE. 10-A, CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92234 (moving to Bermuda Dunes in Fall 2017)

 

Download the free mobile app EAS RivCo today to gain access to relaxation and stress management tools. It’s available on Google and the App Store; to log-in, you will need the company ID (please call EAS at 1(888)829-8999 or email us at eas@rivco.org for ID code). 

 

 

 

Additional Resources:

Helpguide.org

-  MentalHealth.gov - https://www.mentalhealth.gov/index.html

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-8255

Teen Mental Heatlh.org

Veterans Crisis Line 1(800)273-8255, press 1