May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Katie Godshall, LCSW
Intern Program Supervisor

Increase your understanding of mental health conditions: What are the signs and symptoms of poor mental health? What can be done to improve your mental health?

May is Mental Health Awareness month! Each year, May brings us many wonderful experiences from Jazz Fest and Bayou Boogaloo, to warm days and cool nights spent on the porch with friends.  May also brings the opportunity to highlight Mental Health.  It is an opportune time to explore how we care for ourselves, the mental health of our family, friends, and community.

How often do you feel anxious, depressed, out of control, angry, not worthy, overwhelmed or numb?

The National Association of Mental Illness reports, “1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through friends and family.”[i] Mental health and physical health are equally important.  Mental health requires maintenance and support just as diabetes, asthma, heart disease require.

According to a 2014 study, up to 90% of those seeking treatment for mental health reported improvement and reduction in symptoms.[ii]

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) is here for you. JFS provided mental health support to more than 400 residents in the Greater New Orleans region in 2016. We offer a variety of options to individuals and families of all ages through groups, educational seminars, and individual meetings with Mental Health Professionals. JFS can provide assistance in understanding the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

Call 504-831-8475 to schedule an appointment.

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[i] National Association of Mental Illness (2017). Retrieved April 27, 2017, from https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Raise-Awareness/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Month

[ii] Holmes, L. (2014, December 01). 19 Statistics That Prove Mental Illness Is More Prominent Than You Think. Retrieved April 27, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/01/mental-illness-statistics_n_6193660.html

Mental health: a state of well-being. (n.d.). Retrieved April 27, 2017, from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/

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