Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? It was surprising to me to learn that one in four Americans live with a mental disorder. Fortunately, today’s society is more aware and accepting of mental health issues than ever before. Still, greater support is needed. President Obama’s recent statement reflects this sentiment:
“During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well.”
Providing mental health services benefits not only individuals but also the workplace. A recent example stated that depression costs over $50 billion in office absenteeism. This statistic tells us the importance of wellness programs in the workplace. Accessibility to such programs, as well as feeling comfortable and supported in the workplace is a win-win situation for both employee and employer.
I’m pleased to announce the opening of the Barber Behavioral Health Institute
at Northgate Commons in Erie, PA. The Institute is designed to offer services to all children and adults for mental and emotional health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorders and phobias, and more. The range of services includes comprehensive assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, and medication management.
Recognizing that nearly half of all Americans will have a problem affecting their mental or emotional well-being at some point in their lives, we are pleased to provide quality support to help people learn how to manage their symptoms and successfully complete their treatment.