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  • Writer's pictureCamille Pincock, MPAS, PA-C

Shine a Light on Mental Health

Lonerock Clinic Supports You This May

Mental Health awareness, picture of a handwritten sign that says phone a friend

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the importance of mental well-being and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. At Lonerock Clinic, we believe everyone deserves access to compassionate and effective care.

This month, and every month, we stand with our community in prioritizing mental health. We understand that mental health is an integral part of overall health, and neglecting it can significantly impact your quality of life.

Why Mental Health Awareness Matters

Mental health conditions are more common than you might think. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year.

Despite these numbers, many people hesitate to seek help due to stigma or lack of awareness. Mental Health Awareness Month is crucial because it opens the door for open conversations and encourages individuals to prioritize their mental well-being.

Taking Charge of Your Mental Health

This May, we encourage you to prioritize your mental well-being. Here are some ways to get started:

  • Learn about common mental health conditions and recognize the signs and symptoms. Download this resource guide from NAMI website.

  • Pay attention to changes in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Some common warning signs may include:

    • Feeling very sad or withdrawn

    • Making plans or trying to harm oneself

    • Severe mood swings

    • Changes in sleep or eating habits

    • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

    • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs

    • Withdrawing from social activities

    • Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed

Watch this video for a powerful and informative look at mental health

Combating Mental Health Stigma

Mental health stigma is a serious issue that can prevent people from seeking help and getting the treatment they need. Stigma can make people feel ashamed, isolated, and hopeless. It can also lead to discrimination in employment, housing, and education.

This May, let's commit to being StigmaFree! We can all play a part. By educating ourselves and others about mental health and its importance, we can challenge the negative stereotypes that often surround mental health conditions. Let's be open and honest conversations with friends, family, and colleagues. If someone you know is struggling, offer your support and let them know you care. Finally, you can make a personal commitment to breaking down stigma by visiting the NAMI website and taking the Pledge to Be StigmaFree. Together, through these actions, we can make a significant difference in the lives of people with mental health conditions.

Together, we can break down the stigma and create a culture of mental health awareness and support.

By actively participating in Mental Health Awareness Month, together we can make a positive impact in the community and empower individuals to prioritize their mental well-being.


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