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May Is Mental Health Month

May 1, 2021 All day


The theme for May is Mental Health Month 2021 in Richland County is one simple word “RESILIENCE”.

In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic Richland County has demonstrated the four principals of Resilience: Perseverance, Adaptability, Increasing Knowledge, and the Strength to move forward. The behavioral health system “Persevered” despite restrictions created through this worldwide pandemic our publicly funded agencies provided services to over 8000 Richland County youth and adults for treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. The system “Adapted” and agencies quickly developed new ways to deliver essential services to people in need, through telephone services, video chats and sanitized face-to-face meetings. We “Increased Knowledge” during this time of transition through electronic communication and greater reliance on media.

We enhanced the “Know It Before You Need It” initiative and increased community knowledge of available services before people need them. Now we are building a new initiative referred to as “The Good Neighbor” movement, encouraging the community to begin “safely” expanding their social circles and sense of community as we emerge from the challenging time.

And lastly, we are “Moving Forward” as we begin to deal with the impact of the pandemic, we find our services in greater demand. Access to care is the key. To that end we will be piloting, up to, two Behavioral Health Urgent Cares. These will allow access to initial assessments and brief, solution-focused counseling six days a week and up to four evenings per week on a walk-in basis. We know that when someone decides they need help it is essential that they can access care quickly and conveniently. We are still in the development stages but hope to have the doors open on these Behavioral Health Urgent Cares on August 2, 2021.

As a community we encourage Richland County residents, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, and schools to recommit to our community. This can be done by increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, by communicating the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health and by filling the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental illnesses.

Through out the month there will be celebrations, events, and opportunities to increase your Mental Health knowledge and to learn more about services and service providers available in Richland County, Ohio.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to be part of the RESILIENCE Conversation. #MENTALHEALTHAWARENESSMONTH2021


Kym Lamb
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