Wellness & Prevention: Why We Must Talk About Mental Health

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Marking Mental Health Week

This week is the 68th annual Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging people to #GetLoud about mental health.

- 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.

On "Today", Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist profiled the story of Julia Paxton, 19, of Howard, Ohio. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when she was 17-years-old and began treatment at Nationwide Children's. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. The $10,000 scholarship will is awarded to a student committed to a career in behavioral health.

Researcher and post-doctoral candidate Jordan Edwards says, "We know it has impacts on mental health and mental health is something is something that can happen acutely - so immediately upon arrival - but also something that can have an impact on health outcomes over time". For urgent help phone the Sarnia-Lambton Mental Health First Response Service (available 24/7) at 1-800-307-4319.

"It really supports this government's agenda around connecting Ontarians, and making sure that it's a connected mental health and addiction strategy", she said.

MHA, which was founded in 1960, is a provider of residential and support services to individuals impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use and homelessness throughout the Greater Springfield Area.

"It's just a celebration of wellness and mental health, an event that shows we all are working together, side-by-side to help our youth", she said.

The Behavioral Health Center at AdventHealth Central Texas also has a 24/7 hotline.

"Because kids don't wear their thoughts on their sleeves, we don't know what they might be going through, but we can all be a voice for childhood mental health", said David Axelson, MD, chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Doctors shared with Central Texas News Now, it does not matter what age you are, mental illness can hit someone at any point in their life, and promoting good mental health and finding help is the key to prevention.

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