Mental Health Month, May 2020
Jennifer Garriss, School Counselor


May is Mental Health Month. Hawaii Baptist Academy Counselors, along with NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and other mental health organizations want to join the movement and bring awareness about mental health.  

Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone without the information, support, and help they need. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, ADHD, or another mental health condition, you are not alone. In fact, these conditions are far more common than you might think. In the U.S., one in six youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. And according to a spokesman for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) agency, the “Disaster Distress Helpline” saw an 891% increase in call volume last month as compared to a year ago. 

Here are some tips for how to help a person with mental health concerns shared by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reach out to your HBA Counselor if you have questions or concerns. If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.