Mental Health Awareness month is a chance to address barriers to help

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"MHA wants to help people in the community by providing this opportunity to start a conversation with a qualified professional", said Sara Kendall, vice president of clinical operations for the Mental Health Association and a licensed clinical social worker, in a statement.

- 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.

On Our Sleeves was developed by Nationwide Children's Hospital and introduced on World Mental Health Awareness Day in October 2018.

On "Today", Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist profiled the story of Julia Paxton, 19, of Howard, Ohio. The annual scholarship will be funded through an endowment from Big Lots Foundation to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Indeed, mental health is the second most common reason for claims from group income protection*, with 24.1% of claims being for mental health; only marginally beaten by claims for cancer at 24.5%.

"Epilepsy goes far beyond seizures", says researcher and post-doctoral candidate Klajdi Puka, who has been been following families who have children with epilepsy to see how it effects the mental health of the family unit. "Julia's advocacy should inspire us all to work together to end the stigma around childhood mental health".

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The Behavioral Health Center at AdventHealth Central Texas also has a 24/7 hotline.

MHA, which was founded in 1960, is a provider of residential and support services to individuals impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use and homelessness throughout the Greater Springfield Area.

African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.

Nancy Chamberlain, the executive director of Thunder Bay Counseling, said funding for mental health and addiction services in northwestern Ontario is already severely depleted.

Jones also shared, when it comes to mental health, communication is important. However, if your mood, thinking, or behavior has changed to the extent they are seriously interfering with your everyday life and lasting for a few weeks or more then you may be experiencing a mental health problem.

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