Mental Health Month 2017
You know someone who needs help.
It's inevitable. One in five adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness, yet only 40% of people are treated during any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
During the month of May, Horizon hopes you will join in as we discuss, in person and online, the real consequences of mental illness. Signs, symptoms and side effects of mental illness can often mix together in a "which came first" game that is high risk and very scary for family and friends.
The bottom line:
Left untreated, mental illness often leads to substance use, homelessness, and overcrowded prisons. Some of the traits mantifested in people with an underlying, undiagnosed mental illness include:
- Exercising too much
- Surfing the web constantly
- Spending too much money
Join Us Online! #HorizonCares
We are inviting you to help advocate for removing the mask people hide behind, fighting the stigma that prevents people from pursuing treatment, and encouraging people to seek help for mental illness. During the month, join Horizon on social media as we discuss some of the common signs and symptoms of mental illness that are often ignored.
Join Us In Person!
Horizon representatives will be at the following locations handing out information on mental illness and collecting donations for the treatment of those who cannot afford it. Look for Horizon employees and community members wearing green ribbons signifying their support of mental health awareness month.
SAM'S CLUB (Wards Road, Lynchburg)
May 5 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 19 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
BANK OF THE JAMES (Main Street location, Lynchburg)
May 19 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
OTHER RESOURCES AND PAGES:
Donations go to Horizon Opportunities, Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports Horizon Behavioral Health and its mission to provide accessible, evidenced-based and consumer-centered behavioral health in Central Virginia. It also supports initiatives that reduce the stigma of mental health, substance use and intellectual disability, and encourages individuals to seek early prevention/ treatment.