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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

“A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.” – Jane Pauley

May is the month to step in and step up to reduce stigma about mental health! When we think about cancer, heart disease or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. When people are in the first stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs or symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for people who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness? The most frequent barrier to seeking help is social stigma. #StepInStepUp Start a conversation today!

Mark your calendar for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 7 »

For more about mental health help » 




Youth, young adults and family feedback needed

#Your Voice Matters

Community participation is needed in the expansion planning of Stark County’s System of Care for mental health services for youth, young adults and their families. The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County was awarded a planning grant for the Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services.

The grant purpose is to involve youth, families, child & family organizations and the community in creating a culturally and trauma-informed comprehensive strategic plan for children, youth and families with, or at-risk of, mental health challenges in Stark County.

To get involved or to find out more, contact or reach Community Engagement/Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Zavala at 330-430-3950.

YouTUBEFor more about the Expansion Planning Grant and for links to short videos for youth & young adults and families »



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