Oneida County is participating in national Mental Health Awareness Month in May through informational programs and free depression screenings.
The Department of Mental Health and Upstate Cerebral Palsy’s Community Health and Behavioral Services Center distributed information about mental health programs and offered free depression screenings in Rome and in Utica earlier this month.
The Oneida County Office Building in Utica will also be lit up green in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
“One in five American adults experiences mental illness in a given year,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “While this May marks the 70th year of Mental Health Awareness Month, we must fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care every single day,”
“Taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can break down obstacles and improve the chance of recovery. Everyone can play a part in making a difference,” the county executive added.
Mental Awareness Month was developed by Mental Health America and has been observed in May since1949. This year’s theme of #4Mind4Body is exploring the topics of animal companionship, spirituality, humor, work-life balance and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.
For more information on services and mental health resources visit www.ocgov.net/mentalhealth.
If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis or emergency call the
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) at 315-732-6228.