Mental health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Unfortunately, mental illness is a common and often overlooked problem. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year. Yet, only half of those individuals receive treatment, partly due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, which can lead to feelings of shame and isolation for those struggling.

The good news is that many resources are available for those struggling with mental illness. Visit for a list of services that are available in our area. In addition to crisis intervention and information, these services provide support and education. To receive help today, reach out to one of these professional organizations if you or someone you know is experiencing worry, sadness, anger, or other mental health problems.