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Mental Health Awareness month is a chance to address barriers to help

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Anna Jefferson | 12 May, 2019, 07:22

Offering links to websites that provide information about various mental health problems, as well as having available resources for mental health practitioners can be a good first step toward destigmatizing mental health.

Stigma is often the reason people cite for not seeking care when mental health symptoms arise. Receiving mental health treatment should not be considered a privilege, but a right to all people who suffer from the range of debilitating illnesses.

"Epilepsy goes far beyond seizures", says researcher and post-doctoral candidate Klajdi Puka, who has been been following families who have children with epilepsy to see how it effects the mental health of the family unit. Sadly, the rate of suicide is at a 30-year high. If you would like tips for starting a conversation in your family about mental health and suicide, please visit mentalhealth.gov/talk/parents-caregivers.

"I hate to say that, but we're continually trying to be efficient and effective in looking at access", she said. "Mental health is the only chronic health condition where we are waiting to stage four of the disorder before we're doing anything".

Another step in ending the stigma is implementing reduction tactics and sharing knowledge and support with others.

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- Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help. "And it does improve outcomes, even for the most severe mental illness and addiction problems".

"Big Lots is proud to support the next generation of mental health providers with our endowed scholarship fund for students committed to the field of behavioral health".

Many employees are already benefitting from support for mental health via group protection.

The announcement comes after the government cut mental health funding from $2.1 billion over four years - set by the previous Liberal government - to 1.9 billion over 10 years, said Jules Tupker, the co-chair of the Thunder Bay Health Coalition.

May is Mental Health Awareness month, providing an important opportunity for reflection and collective action to address barriers, including the ongoing stigma and stereotypes preventing many individuals from getting the care they need.

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