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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month was originally established in 1949 to help increase awareness about mental illness and recovery . Throughout the month of May, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services will feature some of our amazing staff who will share (on social media) the importance of what they do in the mental health arena and why it's important. #MHAM2024

Did you know that 1 in 5 Ohioans has a mental illness? According to NAMI (based on 2021 data), that equates to 1,906,000, which is more than 4 times the population of Cleveland! That is why campaigns such as #MentalHealthMonth are needed. It's a way to remove the stigmas surrounding mental illness and encourage those suffering in silence, to reach out for help.

Since the pandemic there has been an increase in the number of people needing help, yet the number of young people entering the workforce in social services and related fields has decreased. If you would like to learn more about being a social worker, HERE is a link to the National Association of Social Workers.

If you know someone who may need help remember the 9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. You can access support by texting and calling 9-8-8 or chatting at

To learn more about qualifying for services at #GCBHS, go to the Open Access page on our website for additional information.

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