May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The Priority Center’s mission is to end the generational cycle of trauma, including the prevention of child abuse and neglect. However, mental illness is strongly connected to the generational cycle, and understanding its role is crucial to the fulfillment of our mission.
Adverse childhood experiences have a profound impact on physical and mental health. In fact, children who experience abuse and neglect are more likely to develop mental health disorders in adulthood.
Through its life-changing In-Home Crisis Stabilization and Connected Care programs, The Priority Center prioritizes the mental health of the children and adults that it serves.
Help support our vital work by making a contribution in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Studies are showing that mental health dramatically declined in 2020, with increases in major depressive and anxiety disorders worldwide. Young people were found to be affected more than older adults.
– According to “Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” published in The Lancet medical journal in October 2021.
A Client Success Story
Recently, one of our clients named Chris came to us after a psychiatric hospitalization. Chris was dealing with various life stressors, including job loss, a car accident, and a custody battle for his children. These stressors caused him to feel hopeless and irritable, adding to his struggles. However, after participating in one of The Priority Center’s programs, Chris felt more hopeful about his future. He made the necessary changes to continue his mental health and substance use recovery, and he is now employed, sober, and on the path to becoming the best version of himself.
The Connected Care Program complements and continues The Priority Center’s short-term intervention/crisis programs. Serving as an aftercare program, The Priority Center provides ongoing supportive services, for no fee, to recently exited adult clients of our three-week crisis program. By continuing to support clients with resources and education, Connected Care aims to help them break the cycle of crisis and trauma – preventing the client from reentering the crisis programs again. This program is 100% privately funded by the community through corporate, foundation, and individual donations.
Facts, Resources, and Statistics
Help and Resources
Links to resources
Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month at National Alliance on Mental Illness
Learn more about mental health conditions, warning signs and symptoms, and treatments.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – A free, confidential 24/7 treatment referral and information services for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
American Psychiatric Association – Find a psychiatrist
Mental Health America – Services, resources, and statistics
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
National Child Abuse Hotline – 1-800-422-4453
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
TRANS Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860
Veteran’s Crisis Line – 988, then select 1