May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. The world has come a long way in recent years as people discuss mental illness and share their stories. The stigmas surrounding mental health are slowly being broken down, although there is still much work to do.
Mental health resources in Wichita exist to help those with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder, and others. There are common signs of mental illness to watch for in yourself or a loved one.
There are some common signs of mental illness that you may notice in yourself or a loved one. These signs include:
Getting help for a mental illness is critical. Your treatment options will depend on the type of mental illness, and the severity. For some medication may be required, for others therapy alone can help and for many, both are necessary. Regardless, it’s important to see a professional to get a diagnosis and get the best treatment options.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wichita – This organization has resources for individuals, family members, community members, schools, veterans, workplaces, and faith leaders.
COMCARE – This organization is a program of Sedgwick County. The mission is to help people with mental health and substance abuse issues improve the quality of their lives. Services are offered regardless of ability to pay.
MHA of South Central Kansas – The mission of this organization is to help youth, families and adults in the community achieve optimal mental health and wellness. Free services may be available.
Breakthrough – This organization is formerly Episcopal Social Services and helps people move out of poverty and to recover well while living with mental illness.
Trevor Project – This organization helps LGBTQIA+ youth who are thinking of harming themselves.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA is a free, confidential treatment referral and information service that operates 24/7, 365 day-a-year.
At M-Care we believe your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you are experiencing any of the signs of mental illness, please talk to our staff and reach out to one of the resources listed on our blog. Our staff can also refer you or a loved one to a private therapy provider. Asking for help is the first step to healing, and we’re here for you.