Mental Health Screenings: 'Sunscreen' for your mental health

Just as you put on sunscreen to help protect you from the sun’s powerful rays, we should also take precautions for our mental health. We take action to actively prevent the potential consequences of sun damage (pain, cancer, etc.), but how come we don’t think about mental health in the same way? [Name of Org] makes it easy to take precautions for your mental health. We offer anonymous screenings for some of the most common mental health conditions--depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and substance use.

Drop by one of our kiosks to take a screening at our MindKare kiosk, or go online to take one. By taking precautions against mental health conditions, we’re safeguarding our own health and well-being, in less time than it takes to reapply your sunscreen.

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The blessing of recovery on Independence Day

It's America's birthday! Imagine that cake 241 candles aglow with lots of smiling faces thankful to be living in our great country.

And among those thankful people are millions of Americans in recovery from a mental health or addiction issue - people who have worked hard to move beyond the sometimes-debilitating effects they felt every single day. They are, in many ways, celebrating their own independence from the illnesses that so consumed their lives.

Recovery isn't a simple task. People living with a mental illness or addiction don't just wake up one day and say, "I think I'll just stop being depressed" or whatever. It's a lot harder. It's not just that they've acknowledged a problem exists and that they need professional help to deal with it. The simple act of reaching out takes some courage.

Then there's the journey to recovery. It's different for everyone - short for some, longer for others. The things people may have to do to move forward such as one-on-one counseling, journaling, group therapies, or even medication-assisted therapies, all move the person toward that singular goal: recovery and skill-building to know the things that triggered the issue.

People in recovery move through traumas and addictions to opiates or other things - even getting past thoughts of suicide - to rejoin society with a stronger emotional wellbeing.

So this Independence Day, as we celebrate a big national birthday, let's also celebrate the things that make us who we are today. Because whether we've dealt with a mental health or addiction issue in our own lives or in the life of someone we know and love, we appreciate the things that make us unique - just like this wonderful country of ours.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Researching Mental Health & Addiction Services

It's a big milestone to acknowledge the need for help to work through a mental illness or addiction and start on the road to recovery. If you're there, or if you're looking for information to help a loved one, the next step is finding the right place to start treatment.

When my sister was looking for the right place to deal with her anxiety, she wondered where to start. It's one of the reasons I was drawn to the field myself. I wanted to help people in her position to find information as easily as possible. Luckily, it didn't take long for her to find her therapist. Others aren't as lucky.

So here are a few ways to start:

  1. Check online for local treatment centers. When you go to search, one way to start is by typing "mental health and addiction treatment near me". That begins a search in whatever browser you use - Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. - that lists organizations that shouldn't be too far from your home. My own search brought up a map showing locations for Solutions and Talbert House, for example.
  2. If you have health insurance, check your provider directory. Make sure your insurance covers visits to the organizations that you may choose. If it's hard to find, call the member services phone number on the back of your insurance card. They should be able to tell you which treatment centers are covered.
  3. If you don't have health insurance, get covered. You shouldn't have to pay out of pocket for services or choose between getting treated and buying food. You may qualify for Medicaid coverage, depending on your income. Visit healthcare.gov for information, or visit you local Department of Job and Family Services to apply for assistance.

MHRS strives to ensure residents of Warren and Clinton Counties have solid and reputable treatment options available. Check out our Partners page for more potential providers and call them for treatment information. We want you to succeed!

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