May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Recognized each May since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is intended to bring attention to the prevalence of mental health issues in the United States.
In a year filled with stress of isolations, closures, and restrictions, mental health may or may not be in the forefront of the minds of everyone. But for some, mental health issues are the most critical issues they face.
- One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- One in twenty U.S. adults experience a series mental illness each year.
- One in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
For these individuals and their families, mental health is a serious issue.
Los Alamos Family Council has been providing mental health services to Los Alamos and the surrounding area since 1962. Mental health issues are the issues we spend each day working on. The attention mental health receives each May is exciting for us – it’s a time that the nation is looking at the very work we do.
The attention brought to this issue doesn’t resolve it, however. For those needing mental health support, Los Alamos Family Council stands ready to help. We offer counseling for individuals of all ages, couples, and families. We offer group therapies for an array of topics including substance abuse and setting health boundaries. We also offer medication management through a psychiatrist and nurse practitioner.
If mental health is an issue for you or someone you love this May, Los Alamos Family Council is here to help.