Mental Health Awareness Month brings discussion of mental health to the forefront
Proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an annual observance raising awareness, providing support and resources, and reducing the stigma around mental health.
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Johnson County at its meeting on Thursday, May 11. Tanner Fortney, Director of Operations for the Mental Health Center, and Kelly Jackson, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness for Johnson County, accepted the proclamation.
Mental Health Awareness Month began in 1949. This year’s theme is “Look Around, Look Within,” and Johnson County Mental Health Center is encouraging everyone to look around and within ourselves, our environments and our communities this month to promote mental wellness in the county.
Mental health resources available to the community
Johnson County Mental Health Center is posting mental health tips and education on its social media channels throughout Mental Health Awareness Month. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You can also sign up for the Mental Health Center’s e-newsletters, Mental Health Moment and Mental Health in the Know, to get mental health news and encouragement sent straight to your inbox.
Johnson County Mental Health Center provides community mental health services at five locations across Johnson County. For immediate crisis needs, the Mental Health Center is available 24/7 at 913-268-0156.
Learn more about the mental health resources available from Johnson County Mental Health Center and other organizations. If you or a loved one are ever in distress, don’t hesitate to call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. You’re not alone. Help is always available.