In times of crisis, like the one we face now, it’s especially important to support mental health. Studies show that one in five adults experience mental illness, yet less than half receive the support they need.
Many individuals do not seek mental health treatment because of a lack of resources, or the feared stigma attached to mental illness.
What we are Doing to Change the Conversation
With localized partnerships, United Way aims to change the conversation about mental health in Central Minnesoata. By providing access to quality, affordable health care, United Way’s partners ensure that our communities get the mental health resources they need.
Recently, we learned that the Central Minnesota Mental Health Center was struggling to serve its over 10,000 individuals who experience severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
Funds were down, and the need ever increasing.
Through our COVID-19 Relief Fund UWCM donated $30,000 to help meet the mental health needs in our community. This fund will allow the Mental Health Center to deliver services by videoconferencing to continue serving people the best they can until face-to-face meetings are possible.
What You Can Do to Change the Conversation
The social distancing our community is practicing can lead to increased feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, boredom, anger, frustration, irritability and even stigmatization if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn to recognize these feelings and reach out to family, friends or other people in your support network or a trained professional to talk about your mental health.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, suicidal or dealing with other mental health challenges please visit our webpage for immediate assistance, call our local resource hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or text MNCOVID to 898-211. A Certified Community Resource Specialist will help you find available resources.
If you’d like to make a donation to our COVID-19 Relief Fund to support mental health and other emergency services in our community please click the link below.
United we can change the conversation around mental health.
We ask you to Raise Your Hand for your community. Please consider giving to our United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund if you are able so we can continue rapidly responding to immediate needs like these are they arise in Central Minnesota.