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May is Mental Health Month. There are hundreds of month and day observances throughout a year. Some are important, some are frivolous. Mental Health falls into the important category. In fact, it is in the very important category.
Millions of Americans live with a mental health condition. MCES encourages everyone to think about mental health every day, not just during May. But Mental Health Month is important because it is an opportunity to draw attention to efforts supporting Mental Health. For example, this year help NAMI replace stigma with hope by taking the Stigmafree Pledge. You can also provide financial support to organizations such as MCES and NAMI.
The men and women at MCES strive each day to help build better tomorrows for those in crisis. A mental health condition will affect 1 in 5 Americans during their lifetime. This month, join us in providing support for those in need or increasing awareness of the importance of mental health or advocating for equal care.
Nearly all Americans value mental and physical health equally, according to a recent national online survey.
The survey, commissioned by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Depression Association of America and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, found that 90 percent of Americans view mental and physical health equally. The survey also showed that, despite recognizing a link between mental health and general well-being, respondents believe mental health care is inaccessible and costly.
"Progress is being made in how American adults view mental health, and the important role it plays in our everyday lives," Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, said. "People see connection between mental health and overall well-being, our ability to function at work and at home and how we view the world around us."
The survey indicated that women, who psychiatrists say are more likely than men to have suicidal thoughts, are more likely to receive mental health treatment and more likely to report experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders.
Men, according to the study, are less likely to report anxiety and depressive disorders and more likely to report substance-related conditions.
MCES Psychiatric Technician Maddy Strouse received a MAX (Moving Agencies toward Excellence) Service Award at MAX's 11th Annual Conference on March 30 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Kulpsville.
Maddy was nominated by Naomi Finkel, MCES Director of Nursing, because of her outstanding performance working with patients on the MCES inpatient unit.
"Maddy is a role model to our Psych Tech staff and consistently demonstrates a high level, of caring, compassion, and professionalism," Naomi said.
MAX is a regional behavioral health provider organization with member agencies offering mental health and intellectual disability to clients and families in Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Chester counties. MCES has been a member since its inception and is an active participant on the MAX Behavioral Health Committee.
MCES will once again be part of this year's NAMI Walk.
The 9th Annual NAMI Walk is May 14 at Montgomery County Community College. Check in begins at 8 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk is family and dog friendly and includes entertainment and refreshments.
Click here to register and join MCES at the NAMI Walk.
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