May is Mental Health Awareness month which is represented by the color lime green; so grab your green ribbon and show your support! According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 Americans are affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Many of us have either faced mental illness personally, or know someone who has.

It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to mental health, so this month is the perfect time to get involved with mental health awareness. The following list provides information on how to get involved and raise mental health awareness:

  • Ask Questions: If you are seeking mental health services, you can contact us at Capital Counseling and Capital EAP at 518-462-6531, for answers about counseling services and recommended referrals. You can also start with asking friends and family for support and help during your time finding services. Asking others about their mental health experiences can help provide you with more knowledge and raise personal awareness!
  • Stop the Stigma and Provide Support: Individuals with mental health conditions are often alienated, seen as irresponsible, perceived as being dangerous or are rejected by co-workers, communities, family or friends. Help fight the stigma by using responsible language when talking about mental health conditions, challenge stereotypes when you see them, see the person for who they are, not their mental health issue and offer support to others who may be experiencing trouble with mental health concerns.
  • Advocate and Educate: Show your commitment to mental health by voicing your support and educating others on mental health related topics when appropriate. Increased knowledge about mental health can positively impact relationships, communities and our personal lives!

By: Melissa Major, MHC