Join Radio One Atlanta as we increase the awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. All month long, we will fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental health and substance use challenges.
About out Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings.
Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, MHA, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.
Symptoms Of Clinical Depression
Due to cultural backgrounds, depression may be exhibited differently among Black Americans. To help decide if you—or someone you care about—needs an evaluation for clinical depression, review the following list of symptoms. If you experience five or more for longer than two weeks, if you feel suicidal, or if the symptoms interfere with your daily routine, see your doctor, and bring this sheet with you.
- A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood, or excessive crying
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain
- Irritability, restlessness
- Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism
- Sleeping too much or too little, early-morning waking
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attemp
GA Crisis & Access Line:
Mobile Crisis (through Gcal)
Statewide service provided by DBHDD 24/7
Crisis Text Line:
Text “GA” to 741-741
- If you are looking for counseling resources, visit www.hellohealthtoday.com
- Other good sources are www.psychologytoday.com/us which allows you to search by criteria including counselors who accept insurance, are culturally competent, by location, and by diagnosis
- https://namiga.org/ National Alliance On Mental Illness Georgia
Mental Health Awareness Month was originally published on majicatl.com
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