Mental Health Awareness
By Lauren Hernandez
It is important to recognize how mental illness affects many people’s lives. Mental health awareness promotes the understanding and respect towards those who suffer from mental illnesses. It is important that we make attempts to normalize and destigmatize those struggling with mental illness. If you know of someone struggling with mental health issues, there are a multitude of resources that can help.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): www.nami.org
NAMI StigmaBusters is “a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness”. NAMI StigmaBusters
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): www.nimh.nih.gov
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Trevor Project (LGBT mental health/suicide prevention): www.trevorproject.org
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org
Gamblers Anonymous: www.gamblersanonymous.org
Veterans Crisis Line (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs): 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Mental Health: www.mentalhealth.va.gov
Mental Health America: www.mentalhealthamerica.net
If you or someone you know is struggling with any type of mental illness, please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/ .
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