May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Greater MetroWest ABLE would like to ask our Greater MetroWest community to help raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health challenges. One in five Americans lives with a mental health condition – children, teens and adults. With 20% of our community personally living with a mental health condition, the families and friends supportive of them and the community around them, we are all responsible to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Stigma-free campaigns have become a popular way for communities to publicly declare support for members facing a variety of traditionally stigmatizing experiences, including mental health challenges, physical or intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse issues. Below, you will find faith-based resources to guide your own stigma-free community initiative. These materials and services present customizable options to build awareness and decrease stigma in your community.

This year Greater MetroWest ABLE offered mental health awareness training for teens and community members as well as Mental Health First Aid Certification for clergy, educators, and camp professionals. If you are interested in participating in a program or training in the year ahead, please contact Rebecca Wanatick at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3129.