Virginia Beach, Virginia 2022-05-18 19:50:24 –
Virginia Beach, Virginia (WAVY) —May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and local chapters of the National Mental Health Alliance (NAMI) are aware of the growing mental health crisis and the need for more mental health professionals. I am aiming to bring it.
According to Nami, one in five people has a mental health illness.
Susannah Uroskie, President and CEO of NAMI Coastal Virginia, said the prevalence of mental health problems has already increased in 2019, but the COVID pandemic has exacerbated the need for more resources.
“I think it’s very important for the community to be educated about the early warning signs that are part of the free presentations that NAMI offers and what NAMI Coastal Virginia supports. Someone has a mental health crisis. Early detection and treatment are key when heading towards. Being aware of these early warning signs can prevent many negative crises from occurring, “she said.
Uroskie says NAMI offers peer-led classes, programs, and groups.
We are also working to raise awareness through a green light campaign where many government and local buildings are lit green.
“The goal is for someone to say,’Why does it turn green?’ Next, we’ll liven up conversations and share free resources, “says Uroskie.
However, it requires more specialized resources.
Uroskie, like many other workers, states that there is a shortage of mental health care professionals. Her family witnessed first-hand how shortages affect families in need.
Alexa, her daughter, who suffers from bipolar disorder and works as a volunteer at NAMI, was recently unknowingly admitted to a psychiatric facility after needing help for some time.
“Our daughter was desperately in need of help. It was very clear, but the system was broken and she did not meet the criteria for assistance. She was at crisis level. I had to reach a critical level. That’s early identity and treatment. That’s the key. I want my family to be with us where we are, where we are, and our daughter. Not at all, “said Uroskie.
She says being open about mental health has helped and people have accepted to share what they need to hear about the mental health crisis.
It can be difficult to notice that someone is experiencing something, so Uroskie encourages you to reach out to your loved ones.
“I know her really well because it takes me two seconds to be more compassionate, empathetic, and think my friend isn’t acting like her. I’ll take the time to check in,” she said. Said.
Uroskie, a member of the Virginia Beach Community Services Commission, says many in the community know that they need to do something to increase their mental health professionals.
“Everyone understands the need for more mental health professionals. Needs. Everyone is actively trying to understand how we hire? How do you keep it? How do we come and stay and give incentives to rejuvenate the field? That’s very necessary, “she said.
NAMI Coastal Virginia is hosting the “Bike the Boardwalk” event at Virginia Beach Oceanfront from noon to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 21st.
It’s not just a bike ride on the promenade, it’s also an opportunity to discuss mental health. Located on 24th Avenue.
If you need NAMI Coastal Virginia mental health resources, click here.
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