From Family Support Services:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The licensed professional counselors and social workers of Family Support Services will join other mental health organizations nationwide to enhance understanding of the signs of mental illness and how those who are affected, or their loved ones, can access help.
Counselors from FSS are available throughout May to discuss the signs of mental illness and how individuals can obtain services. May 3-9 has been designated as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and might be a good time to discuss the recent movie release “13 Reasons Why” about teen suicide.
“We want those who are hurting to know they are not alone,” said Molly Rafferty, Behavioral Health Director at Family Support Services. “It is important that people know how to recognize the signs of mental illness in both adults and children. We also want people to know that help is available.”
FSS offers comprehensive behavioral health services including individual, marriage, family, and group therapy; play therapy; trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy; trauma-informed yoga; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy; Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program for perpetrators of domestic violence; supervised visitation and exchange; and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Mental health counseling at FSS is available on a sliding scale basis. Private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid are all accepted. Some clients, including trauma victims and veterans, qualify for grant funding to cover the costs of counseling.
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). During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities including media interviews, screenings, and public awareness presentations.