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29 April, 2021.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The Family Counseling Center is joining with mental health professionals across the country to recognize and promote May as Mental Health Awareness month.

First observed in 1949, the goal is to raise awareness and educate the public about strategies for attaining mental health and wellness, as well as the realities of living with mental illness. In addition, Mental Health America (MHA) has release its 2021: The State of Mental Health in America report. The report findings include a recognition that in 2020, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression skyrocketed, a 9% increase was seen in youth struggling with mental health issues, and that loneliness and isolation were significant contributing factors to mental health concerns.

According to MHA, nearly 500,000 individuals took the organization’s Anxiety Screening during 2020 and 79% of those screened showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. As part of Mental Health Awareness month, MHA is offering a #Tools2Thrive toolkit available on their website.

“2020 increased both the need for, and awareness of, mental health services and the positive impact they can have in our lives,” Michael Countryman, Executive Director of the Family Counseling Center said. “At Family Counseling Center, we quickly recognized the need to adapt to virtual sessions in March 2020 and became a certified telehealth provider. While nothing quite compares with in-person dialogue, the telehealth option has seen increased engagement with our clients and fewer no-shows or cancellations. This past year, we were able to serve roughly 6,500 clients – but we continue to see the needs for our services increase daily.”

The Family Counseling Center of Fulton County has been serving the community since 1976 and ensures a broad range of superior, quality, evidence-based, behavioral support and social services to the community. The Center is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, providing services to children as young as five years old.