Below you can find information related to some of the national history and awareness months for May.
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Mental Health Awareness Month, also referred to as "Mental Health Month," has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.
Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about: mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. It also aims to draw attention to suicide, which can be precipitated by some mental illnesses. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Month strives to reduce the stigma (negative attitudes and misconceptions) that surrounds mental illnesses. The month came about by presidential proclamation.
The Spoon Theory was created by Christine Miserandino. For the full theory, please visit her website. The theory is simply a story that explains what it is like to live with a chronic illness or disability. A person who is chronically disabled or ill only has a limited amount of expendable energy each day. The spoon theory uses a metaphor of spoons to turn energy into a measurable concept.
Play The Spoon Theory Interactive Game: Mental Health Scenario
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health In the United States
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
"Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:
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Connect with caring people for online therapy and counseling. Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists & counselors.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline Online Chat
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
211 Helpline Brevard: 321-632-6688 OR Dial 211
To make your first appointment with a Circles of Care provider, please call our Access Department 321-890-1550.
A trained specialist will discuss your needs and how either Circles of Care or another resource in the community best can help. If Circles of Care is the best choice, the Access Department will help you choose the best site for an appointment, make the appointment, and tell you what to bring to the appointment.
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The Brevard Health Alliance, Inc. is Brevard County’s only Federally Qualified Health Center. BHA provides extensive primary health care services to Brevard County residents regardless of their ability to pay. By offering services on a sliding-fee scale, BHA has provided primary care service, behavioral health services, limited dental services, diagnostic services, resource management services, medication assistance, and specialty referrals to Brevard County’s economically disadvantaged residents since March of 2005.
The Brevard Health Alliance provides behavioral healthcare with Board Certified Psychologists and Psychiatrists. The behavioral health team provides services for children, adolescents, adults, and families through individual and group therapy. The behavioral health team works side by side with primary care providers with the goal of improved health and functioning for the patients we serve.
To make an appointment, Download the Registration Packet (Descarga de Paquetes), bring it to one of their offices with your ID, Social Security Card, and Insurance Card (if applicable) and make an appointment in their office. If you are a low-income patient and would like a sliding fee scale follow instructions on registration to see what can be used as proof of income.
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