Each year millions face the reality of living with a mental illness. That’s why May is a month to educate and bring awareness to the issue. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall well being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally it’s important to pay attention to both physical health and mental health.
Calhoun County Chief Deputy and Mental Health Officer Jon Garlick says there is a shortage of treatment options for people who suffer from mental illness in Alabama. Garlick also says about 30% of the state’s inmates suffer from mental illness. Specifically this week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The Alabama Department of Mental Health emphasizes early intervention as a key to treating mental illness.