May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it has raised awareness of the importance of matters related to mental health since it was established in 1949. It was at this time that an annual tradition began recognizing and promoting acceptance by providing awareness, support, and education related to the matter. Mental health conditions can stem from a number of reasons, whether genetic and/or as a response brought on by a traumatic event. Despite the stigma that has been associated with it in the past, through awareness, it has started to be more commonly discussed, and the realization for treatment has become more prevalent. Mental illness has been around since the beginning of time and will remain; as a result, knowing this and treating it is very important to ensure that everyone has the best quality of life possible.
Whether an individual is seeking one on one counseling and/or the support from a group there are resources available for anyone that finds themselves living with mental health related conditions through personal experiences and/or related to a family member or loved one.
What should I do? Where should I start? Who should I reach out to? Do I really need help? The list can continue related to the many questions you may have related to mental health; however, there are answers to these questions, and organizations that can help guide you to those answers.
There is FREE and confidential outreach available through The Ohio Masonic Resource Center, where you have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts, concerns, and fears. In addition, you have the option to have your own personal Community Outreach Coordinator that can help connect you to resources that can help you answer these questions and more.
Through the Resource Center, you are never alone, and a friend is only a phone call away. Although May is Mental Health Awareness month it is an ongoing topic and matter that we see and/or live every day. As a result, the Resource Center is available to discuss this
and any other concerns that you may have.