Community Mental Health Awareness

Wellness is about far more than our physical health.  Mental health is an integral part of being and living well, yet 1 in 5 people are affected by a mental illness.  Often suffering in silence due to a negative social stigma that has been placed on mental health.  There are over 200 classified forms of mental illnesses, ranging from mild depression or anxiety to more severe cases of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

A mental illness causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Most often caused in reaction to environmental or emotional stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these.

Extreme emotions or excessive worry, fear, or social withdraw are signs to seek help. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.  Lifestyle and wellness factors play a significant role in reducing instances of compromised mental health.  As Program Coordinator for a luxury retreat program supported by the National Alliance of Mental Illness, I’ve seen this first hand.

If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the Jackson Hole warm line at 307.203.7880 where professionals are available to direct you M-F 8am to 4pm.  Outside of staffed hours or in cases of emergency, instructions will be left for more immediate assistance. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  1 in 5 people suffer in silence from a mental health condition, help destigmatize it by sharing the message and increasing awareness.

NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a hotline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org