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Three ways you can raise awareness about mental health

Mental illness hides among us with approximately 1 out of 4 individuals suffering from a mental health condition in the United States. While highly prevalent, this country still has a significant stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders. Brushing mental health under the rug is not the answer, and as a society interested in progress and well-being, now is the time to raise awareness for mental health in our communities. If you find yourself or a loved one suffering from a mental health condition, know that you are not alone. 

What can you do to help raise mental health awareness? Here are three easy steps: 

1. Challenge public stigma.

Notice a colleague or friend use a mental health slur? Speak up. Now is the time to promote open discussion about mental health, including calling out prejudice and biases in everyday conversations.

2. Educate yourself.

Learn about various conditions, treatments, and warning signs. National agencies such as NAMI and SAMHSA provide easily accessible and updated information about mental health conditions.

3. Know where to get help.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national campaign for acute mental health crises. Reach out to their call, text, or chat lines for assistance 24/7. For non-acute care, consider seeing a mental health professional.

Suffering? There are many resources to help you on this journey to healing. At Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, we support you every step of the way. We provide a full spectrum of psychiatric services including medication management, psychotherapies, and recovery support services. Our dedicated staff works to combine education with treatment, bringing you and your loved ones access to the newest medications, technologies, and interventions.

We believe in building a strong community, and that starts with you. Call us at 713-426-0027 for more information.  

The information contained in this Avenue 360 Web site is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, and Avenue 360 recommends consultation with your Avenue 360 doctor or health care professional.