To the editor:

As we look back on May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, there are things we need to revisit. For one thing, mental health is inclusive of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. It’s our brain’s health and it affects the essence of who we are as people.

As a young person, it occurred to me that every societal ill can trace its origin to mental health or the lack thereof. In an area that is so vitally important to all of us, my hope is that we can have a conversation, end the stigma and set people who need help on the road to just that. We need places where help is available in terms of support, medication and therapy. And in real time – not three weeks later. For those who can, financial resources are always welcome. For those who can’t, your time, effort and energy are critical, if not for the whole community, then for one person. We all know one.

Ellen Cochran, executive director

Mental Health Associates of the Triad