LAKE COUNTY, CA (May 9, 2019) – May is Mental Health Month, and Lake County Behavioral Health Services invites you to join us in celebrating this year’s theme: “Strength in Community.”
Over the last few years, our County has seen more than its fair share of devastation - both natural and man-made - leaving many of us wondering how we would bounce back. Studies have shown that resilience is not a natural trait; it includes learned behaviors, actions and thoughts that anyone can develop. That said, we have an ongoing opportunity within our own community to build and strengthen resilience among people around us in order to live healthier and happier lives.
Mental health is an essential facet of wellness; however, unlike the flu or a broken bone, mental illness can be difficult to recognize. Additionally, folks can be hesitant to share their symptoms due to worrying about being targeted and/or stigmatized.
Many do not realize how common mental illness is. In any given year, about one in every five people in the U.S. experiences a mental health condition, according to recent studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Anxiety disorders tend to be the most common, with nearly 40 million Americans suffering from some type of anxiety disorder. However, only 13 million of those individuals receive treatment, despite the fact that anxiety disorders are highly and easily treatable. Depressive disorders are also high on the list, with over 16 million Americans suffering from depression. Ignoring this can lead to tragic results, with local suicide rates in Lake County continuing to be among the highest in the State.
Know how to recognize the signs of anxiety disorder:
• Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
• Muscle tension
• Feeling afraid, as if something terrible may happen
• Excessive worry
And those of depressive disorder:
• Feelings of hopelessness
• Feelings of guilt, helplessness, worthlessness
• Persistent empty, anxious or sad mood
• Decreased energy
• Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
This May, Lake County Behavioral Health Services encourages our community to seek out the commonalities we have, fortify the road ahead and collectively continue to build the foundation of resiliency!
Todd Metcalf is the Administrator of Lake County Behavioral Health Services.