“Welcome to Spring! As a National Certified Counselor, Behavior Therapist and Mental Health Advocate, May is one of my favorite months of the year because it is Mental Health Awareness month. I am an advocate for mental health every day of the year, but in May I am extra LOUD about it because awareness is power. The more we know, the better we can help ourselves and others.”
…Vanessa, MTC Staff Member
Self-care is essential to support a healthy mindset and prevent mental health from worsening. Just like physical health, factors like nutrition, gut health, stress, sleep, relationships, trauma, and more can impact an individual’s mental health. When your mental health is optimal, it is still helpful to consider strengthening your coping skills to ensure you have supportive tools to rely on when life gets difficult.
Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America organization. Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being. Our mental health impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, communication, making decisions, handling stress, and other aspects of daily functioning. Everyone has mental health and yours deserves your care as much as your physical health does.
You can experience periods of poor mental health functioning without having a diagnosable illness, in the same way you can be physically unhealthy without having a specific disease. A mental health concern is subjective and can be anything that causes a person mental distress or suffering. It is never too early to ask for support and there are many professionals eager to help. Unfortunately, many individuals do not, or feel unable to, reach out for help early on in their mental health concerns. Mental Health America (2022) states, “the average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years, meaning a lot of people spend months or years facing mental health challenges before getting a diagnosis.”
Mental health conditions or mental illness refers to a set of symptoms that have been identified by professionals in the mental health community. These conditions are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and by individuals with lived experience. To be diagnosed with a mental health condition, changes in your thinking, emotions and behaviors must be negatively impacting your functioning or ability to do things you desire. Individuals may experience these symptoms for various periods of time, depending on the condition.
Healthy coping skills and professional support can provide a safe space for change and healing. At MTC, our counselors work with children, adolescents, teens, adults and families to provide counseling, Behavioral Therapy, family therapy, and parent training services to support healthy mental and behavioral health development.
Mental Health Counseling is provided at our clinics and via Telehealth. Counselors help you develop skills needed for success in school, relationships and with family. Our qualified service providers excel at providing quality and convenient services to reduce stress and anxiety and increase proactive management of life’s challenges.
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, there are many ways to get help. Please refer to the National Helpline Database or call 911 if an active mental health crisis is occurring.
All of the helplines in the link below are toll-free and confidential. Many are operated 24/7 to provide support when you need it the most:
Mobile Therapy Centers provides FREE screenings/consultations so why not take advantage of the opportunity to have your child seen by a professional and answer any questions you may have? To learn more, please visit our website and don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with one of our therapists.
Mobile Therapy Centers is a Multidisciplinary Clinic specializing in ABA Therapy for Autism, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Counseling. We see children at our clinics in Illinois and Tennessee, at your home or at your child’s school/daycare making it convenient for you and your family.
 Wang, P.S., Berglund, P.A., Olfson, M., Kessler, R.C. (2004). Delays in initial treatment contact after first onset of a mental disorder. Health Services Research, 39(2). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361014/
Mobile Therapy Centers of Illinois is Hiring Full and Part-time Licensed Counselors (LMFT, LCSW, LPC, LCPC). If you, or someone you know, is looking for a job as a Counselor email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will amplify the message “Together for Mental Health.” The work that we do at Mobile Therapy Centers has a profound impact on our clients, families, community, and our own mental health. Click on the link below for suggestions of how to get involved this month: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month