May is time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experiences.

It is a time to recognize that our psychological well-being is an important part of our own health, productivity, and happiness.  Mental health is brain health, and it needs to be treated as any other disease that someone may experience in their lifetime.

Our mental health effects how we think, feel and act.  It also helps determine how we handle stress, and relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Please take time to reflect on that:  this disease is one that a person does not choose to have; and individuals with a mental health illness are deserving of care, understanding, compassion and pathways to hope, healing, recovery and fulfillment.

Juanita Bielenberg, RN
Director of Nursing