May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 19, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been a time to show support for mental health, work to end the stigma, educate the public, and advocate for access to mental healthcare.

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being and can impact our decision-making, thinking, feeling and actions. Everyone has mental health, but some people have diagnosable mental health conditions, or such as anxiety disorders, depression, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and more. Having a mental health condition can make work, school, relationships, and routine difficult, but with early and consistent treatment it is possible to manage these conditions. You can also utilize tools and strategies while living with a mental health condition.

Iowa’s community health centers provide care to thousands of patients with mental health conditions. In 2022, Iowa’s community health centers provided over 100,000 mental health visits to over 25,000 patients. Also in 2022, over 900 patients were enrolled in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). With an integrated care model, community health centers address barriers to care and ensure patients receive holistic care.

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