During these days of Mental Health Awareness, the citizens of Bladen County are encouraged to get involved, seek assistance if needed, and help bring awareness to mental health services. Bladen County Substance Misuse Task Force and Bladen County Schools have released information about upcoming meetings and services available.
Dr. Cathy Gantz with the Bladen County Substance Misuse Task Force sent out a reminder, “Our next Bladen County Substance Misuse Task Force meeting will be on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm, Bladen Community College Auditorium, Building 9. Please note this is the third Tuesday of the month rather than the second Tuesday.”
The agenda for the meeting may be found here as well as a list of questions for the roundtable discussion.
National Alliance on Mental Health reminds everyone, it is important to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
On their website the NAMI stated, “For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.”
The National Federation of Families announced Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 2 through May 8, 2021. The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought about more stress and issues than many have ever faced. The NFF states, “While everyone has been impacted by the events of the last 12 months, they have been particularly distressing for children and youth – perhaps even more so for those who already experience mental health challenges.”
The federation added, “As we focus on the emotional wellbeing of children and youth during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (CMHAW), we see this as an opportunity to change hearts, minds, and attitudes regarding mental health. To that end, the 2021 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “Flip the Script on Mental Health.”
Bladen County Schools published the following video and links for Mental Health services and information.
Mental Health Resources
- Mental Health Myths & Facts
- SAMSHA: Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
- National Federation of Families: 2021 theme , “Flip the Script on Mental Health”
- NAMI, 2021 theme, “You Are Not Alone”
- Mental Health America 2021 theme, “Tools 2 Thrive”
- Youth MOVE it Forward, 2021 theme: Reflect l Connect
- The Youth Mental Health Project; Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
- National Council for Behavioral Health – “It Takes GRIT to Help Kids with Mental Illness” (GRIT = Guts, Resilience, Identification & Treatment)