Each year, the month of May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month, and taking charge of one’s mental health is incredibly important after the way the pandemic affected so many lives. Many people who may not have struggled with mental illness before the pandemic experienced anxiety and depression, and those who already had a history of mental illness may have experienced more intense symptoms due to the stress of the pandemic.

However, even as more and more people get vaccinated and restrictions start to ease, mental health should continue to remain on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Many people who face mental health challenges struggle with the stigma associated with mental illness, but the pandemic showed us that just about anyone can suffer from mental illness, especially during moments of high stress. It is important to remember this, even as our lives begin to return to a sense of normalcy.

“Untreated mental illness can have big consequences for both the person suffering from mental illness as well as people around them,” said Amanda Ramshead, Director of Behavioral Health for Southwell. “However, if treated, those with a mental illness can find support and help for the issues they are facing. They, and their loved ones, can return to a sense of normalcy through therapy, medication, or a combination both.

“If you are dealing with a mental illness like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc., it’s okay to reach out for help. We are here for you and want to provide the help and support you need.”

To learn more about scheduling a behavioral health appointment, call 229-391-4355.