Hamilton Center Inc. Celebrates Mental Health Month - May 2008

Hamilton Center Inc. will celebrate Mental Health Month with their second annual Mental Health Month Cookout to be held on Friday, May 30th from 11:00 am- 2:00. The event will be held in the parking lot of Hamilton Center’s Spectrum Services building at 1616 Wabash Avenue. Hotdogs, chips and a drink will be available for $5, and attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about mental health treatment from Hamilton Center representatives. Proceeds will go to support the Hamilton Center Partial Hospitalization programs.

Mental Health Month is an annual observance sponsored by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH). It is designed to increase awareness about mental health and mental illness. This year’s theme is “Get Connected” and it focuses on an essential component of maintaining and protecting mental health and wellness: social connectedness. There are many ways of creating connections that support mental health. Get connected to family and friends to feel close and supported. Get connected to your community to feel a sense of belonging and purpose and get connected to professional help to feel better when you’re stressed and having trouble coping.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report on mental health, more than half of all Americans with a severe mental illness fail to seek treatment. Many people do not receive treatment for mental health problems due to a lack of awareness of the problem, fear of stigma, or lack of access to appropriate services. Yet, overall quality of life is greatly improved when a person with a mental health problem gets an early diagnosis and receives appropriate treatment.

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