Local organization raises awareness for National Mental Health Awareness Month

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, millions of Americans are affected by mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders.

National Mental Health Awareness Month helps educate the public about the importance of mental health and how it can affect a person’s normal lifestyle. Mental Health Awareness Month is also established to provide support for people living with mental illness.

In the Jackson metro area, thousands of people with mental illness are served every day. According to Hinds Behavioral Health Services (HBHS), a total of 9,507 clients were served in the year 2021. Adult services reached 3,489 and child and youth services reached 1,479.

In Jackson, there are a total of 234 support facilities that provide mental health services to local residents.

Rhonda Davis, CMHC grant project coordinator at JHBHS, said their facilities are taking the initiative to support mental health every month.

“It’s mental health month every month for us. But because the world is more focused on that in May, we’re excited this month,” Davis said.

HBHS will be celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month with many events throughout the month for attendees to raise awareness about mental health.