Heartland Human Services Emphasizes the Importance of National Mental Health Awareness Month

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Heartland Human Services celebrated May, recently proclaimed National Mental Health Awareness Month, with an abundance of Community Outreach activities.

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Strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health can lead to a healthier society as a whole, greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and creates positive family units that stay together

On April 13, 2013, President Barack Obama declared May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. In light of the recent proclamation, Heartland Human Services, one of the premier agencies for Illinois behavioral health and counseling, celebrated with a string of community activities to raise awareness for mental health.

Heartland Human Services offers Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups, Caregiver Support Groups, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs, and more. Also offered are substance abuse counseling, as well as DUI treatment and DUI Risk Education.

“Embracing wellness not only improves health, but also maximizes one's potential to lead a full and meaningful life,” states Jeff Bloemker, Executive Director of Heartland Human Services. “Strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health can lead to a healthier society as a whole, greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and creates positive family units that stay together.”

Awareness for mental health needs to be a year-round cause, with constant research, counseling, testing and activities. Heartland Human Services offers a variety of community-based programs and services for areas including psychiatric services, psychotropic medication management, child and adolescent counseling, older adult programs and crisis intervention.

President Obama explains that, “As a Nation, it is up to all of us to know the signs of mental health issues and lend a hand to those who are struggling. Shame and stigma too often leave people feeling like there is no place to turn. We need to make sure they know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness -- it is a sign of strength.”

Heartland Human Services does everything possible to help those in need. The rates of serious psychological distress cases in Illinois have consistently been below the national rates for all age groups and survey years. Addition mental health and counseling agencies can help to lower these rates even more. For behavioral health counseling and assistance programs, please visit Heartland Human Services’ Mental Health counseling site.

About Heartland Human Services
For over 40 years, Heartland Human Services has been the behavioral health and counseling agency for Effingham County, Illinois. Providing a broad array of behavioral healthcare services, Heartland Human Services vows to serve their community and region with quality behavioral health care and rehabilitative services that assist people in their recovery process. For more information, please call (217) 347-7179, or visit Heartland Human Services online at http://www.heartlandhs.org.

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