For Immediate ReleaseMay 17, 2016
What does it feel like to have a mental illness? Speaking out helps erase stigma
San Rafael, CA – The highly personal theme for May is Mental Health Month calls attention to what life with a mental illness feels like to someone going through it.
On May 17, the Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Tavano and several others emphasized the importance of the awareness campaign. She said
research shows that by ignoring symptoms a person can lose 10 years in which specialists could intervene and change a life for the better. As suggested by the Life With a Mental Illness theme during May (with #mentalillnessfeelslike as its social media hashtag), speaking out about what mental illness feels like can encourage others to recognize symptoms early on in the disease process and empower individuals to be agents in their own recovery.
Prevention, early identification and intervention, and integrated services work. Being open about how life with a mental illness feels can help build support from friends and family, reduce stigma and discrimination, and increase chances of recovery.
A website called Each Mind Matters includes information about mental health and the statewide initiatives to prevent suicide, eliminate stigma and discrimination, support school mental health programs, and promote prevention and early intervention. ReachOut.com is a helpful and engaging website with mental health content directed toward youths.
Join the County of Marin's Mental Health and Substance Use Services Division's Cultural Competency Advisory Board on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Campus, 3240 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, to commemorate the May Mental Health Month: Each Mind Matters event!
Featured events include:
For more information on May is Mental Health Month, check out the video featuring Marin HHS program staff and clients. Learn more at marinhhs.org/mhsus.
Kari BeuermanAssistant Director Health and Human Services
20 N. San Pedro RoadSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6769Email: Kari BeuermanMarin HHS website