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Mental Health Awareness month in May

Mental Health Awareness month in May

Too often, the blame for the inexplicable has been mental illness and, by extension, those who provide them love and care.

It is not uncommon for mental illness to be brought up as a potential cause of abusive behavior, but the National Domestic Violence Hotline warns against lumping the two together.

She encourages the public to keep the conversation on mental health in public view, so more people will see it's not something to hide, but to seek treatment for. The combination of living away from home for the first time, their workloads and new friendships may trigger a latent mental health illness.

Adults can work to combat the stigma that surrounds mental health; guide children, particularly high school and university students through coping mechanisms; be there for them as supporters; and learn the signs of depression and suicidal behaviour to make sure they receive help.

"The problem with people with mental illness is they don't tell the truth". "For me, some of those answers I had to wait years to find and I needed to get different help, which ended up being really the right kind of help".

Mental Health America is trying to make people give more attention to their mental and physical health through the program called "Fitness4Mind4Body" for the month of May.

She says she's learned first-hand that the only way you can get better is to accept that you suffer from mental illness and you need to reach out for help. MHA also has found that youth mental health is worsening.

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"We have to stop fooling, pretending and enabling eachother", she said.

Classes rotated through six stations run by the school's social worker, Amanda Caparas, who said staff and eighth-grade volunteers working the stations asked the kids questions related to their general wellness, such as "How are you feeling?"

Saturday's event was a step toward hopefully changing that.

Watkins said: "As a pet food company we recognise and actively want to promote how pets can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners".

To that end, Catholic Charities has taken the initiative to have three of its counselors - Clinical Director Lynne Lutze in Dubuque, Lori Eastwood in Decorah, and Lisa Turner in Ames - trained as trainers in Mental Health First Aid.

Martin Cruddace, ARC Chief Executive, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to support Mental Health Foundation, particularly at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week".