Azalea Supports Mental Health Awareness Month

May 20, 2020
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As a nation, we have observed Mental Health Awareness in May since 1949, positively impacting millions of people through media, local events and screenings. The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month is to fight stigma, to provide support, to educate the public, and to advocate for policies that support the people with mental illnesses and their families. 

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year

  • 3.3 million US Adults have Bipolar Disorder

  • 7.1 percent of US Adults face Major Depression

  • 12 million US Adults struggle with PTSD

  • 1.5 million US Adults battle with Schizophrenia

In addition, Mental Health Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and educate the public about and to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

At Azalea Home Care, we serve a population that suffers greatly with the effects of mental illness. As stated by the World Health Organization, over 20% of adults aged over 60 suffer from a mental or neurological disorder and 6.6% of all disability among people over 60 years old is attributed to mental and neurological disorders. There are a number of mental health issues that affect elderly patients such as:

  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders

  • Mood Disorder – eg. Bipolar 

  • Psychotic Disorder – eg. Schizophrenia

  • Eating Disorder – eg. Anorexia

  • Addiction Disorder – eg. Alcoholism

  • Personality Disorder – eg. Paranoia 

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Our caretakers and nurses deal with these illnesses everyday. This is one of the reasons that as a staff, we are very committed to supporting individuals and organizations that aim to help those suffering with mental health issues. 

How Azalea is supporting Mental Health Awareness Month? 

  • Education – Our leadership team is working on educational resources to help educate our staff, patients and community. For example, we are partnering with a leading healthcare company and mental health nonprofit to produce an online webinar.  

  • Advocacy – We are working on a number of mental health awareness campaigns on social media throughout May.

  • Fundraising – All of us here at Azalea Home Care will also be organizing a fundraising drive to raise money for Mental Health America of Georgia

DONATE HERE: https://bit.ly/2TupF6p

Please stay tuned for more information! You can follow us on social media using the links provided below.

www.facebook.com/Azaleahomecare

www.instagram.com/azaleahomecare

Need help or information about mental health?

There are a number of organizations that are working to increase awareness of mental health across the country and we would like to shine a light on a few of them. 

Mental Health of America, the nation’s leading community based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of all Americans living with mental health illness. If you’d like to learn more about our fundraising efforts, please click here
https://www.mhanational.org/

National Alliance of Mental Illness works to create communities where all affected by mental illnesses find hope, help, and acceptance through support, education and advocacy.
http://www.nami.org/

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
https://www.bbrfoundation.org/

The National Institute for Mental Health works to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, that is paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. 
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

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