July 18th, 2019

seward logoROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


Seward County commissioners are expected to hear from officials from the Southwest Guidance Center at Monday’s meeting to approve a proclamation for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

“One in four adults and one in five youth currently experience a mental illness,” information in the agenda packet said. “Because of stigma and general fear of mental health issues, over half of these individuals will either choose to not receive needed services or may suffer in silence for up to 10 years before reaching out for help.”

The information said most mental illnesses are responsive to treatment.

“Many people may have only one episode of mental illness in their lives, while others may experience ongoing challenges,” the information said. “Both have the ability to recover. By signing the attached Mental Health Month Proclamation, it is our hope that the residents of Seward County will be open to learning more about the very real mental health needs of our community, explore how animal companionship, humor, spirituality, religion, recreation, social connections and work life can help all residents protect their health and well-being. As your community mental health center, it is our honor to serve the residents of Seward County.”

Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.

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