Free online resources highlight a focus on May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month around the nation, a time for building mindfulness among individuals, families, communities, businesses, churches and others as to how to recognize the needs of those who may be struggling with all types of mental/emotional issues and how to assist them.

A sample of the free online video titles which are available to aid individuals, families, businesses and other entities in building awareness about mental and emotional health issues and how to assist those who may be struggling.

Among adult ages 18-and-older, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that the percent of individuals who had any mental illness in the past year increased from 17.7 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008 to 20.6 percent in 2019, or more than one out of five persons in the United States.

The percentage of adolescents who have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives is estimated at 49.5 percent, or nearly one-half, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a similar percentage of those affected indicated as not having received treatment.

Many free, online videos and series which provide insights into this issue and what individuals and various entities, including businesses, can do to aid in mitigating these situations are available through our Allegany Hope – Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families outreach.

These community resources, among more than 20,000 fromthe RightNow Media @Work library, also include topics on healthy marriage and families, parenting, finances, employment, men’s and women’s studies and selections for children and teens, a large number of which are helpful in helping to relieve stress and depression situations.

The videos and other resources, including wholesome cartoons for kids, are available 24/7 online by sending an email to AlleganyHopeWNY@outlook.com, with Subscribe – Videos in the Subject line and one’s name, community of residence, email and telephone, including area code, in the message area.

A free, online app also is available for use by registrants.