May is Mental Health Matters Month, and the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is seeking to raise awareness of the role mental health plays in all our lives. Anyone can take steps to promote good mental health and understand that treatment and recovery are possible.
A healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet, regular exercise and sleep patterns, developing a sense of self-worth and coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends, and the community. These learned habits can help to prevent the onset or worsening of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. For some, moving toward wellness also involves the assistance of medical staff and counselors.
Although many individuals may not want to get diagnosed out of fear of what others will say and think, it’s important to note that there is a wide variety of treatment options for mental illnesses; they can include talk therapy, medication, and peer support, to name just a few. It may take some time for a person to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best, but when it all comes together, lives can change – not just for the person with the mental illness but also for everyone surrounding that person, including family, friends, coworkers, and others.
During Mental Health Matters Month in May, HHSA’s Mental Health programs encourage residents to learn about some of the signs, how to begin addressing symptoms early, and who to ask and where to go for help. Mental health clinics provide services that help individuals with mental illness manage their symptoms and avoid crises. The goal is to help you avoid hospitalization and help you live and thrive within your community. To do so, the County mental health clinics use a “whatever it takes” approach to support the wellness and recovery process.
Tulare County provides services at two adult mental health clinics—one in Visalia and one in Porterville. Tulare County also has one children’s clinic located in Porterville. We contract with community-based providers to make mental health services available throughout the county.
Mental health services may include:
Mental health case managers often connect individuals to other services and/or resources that may help clients live independently within their communities.
So, during Mental Health Matters Month, remember that mental health is health. Small steps can make a large difference in your health and well-being; and individual community members who make positive changes in their health can improve the health of the county overall.
For more resources, visit: https://tchhsa.org/eng/mental-health/mental-health-clinical-services/