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Mental Health Month

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hi everybody! You may not know it, but May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. I always look forward to this month because for 31 days, we get to have great conversations about mental illness – to go beneath the surface and dispel some myths, pass on helpful information and best of all - spread some hope!

Mental illness is real and it is common. I know this from my own experience of living with a low-level of depression all my life.  I also have the experience of being a family member who loved someone with a severe mental illness.  Many of you are aware that our youngest son, Matthew, lived with mental illness since he was a child, and then took his life 5 years ago.  But we’re not the only family affected by mental illness – the National Alliance on Mental Illness says 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

What I also know is that it is treatable. When mental illness is discovered early and treatment is begun, most people can expect to manage their illness and live a good life. Throughout this month I will be having Facebook Live Conversations with individuals who have lived experience with mental illness and also with some folks who are working hard to provide resources that ease the weight of mental illness for us all. I will also be posting stories, quotes, playlists of songs that have been meaningful to me throughout my journey, and a few fun giveaways.

My prayer is that whether you are someone living with mental illness, someone supporting a loved one who lives with mental illness, a mental health professional, or a faith leader,  we can provide you with amazing resources, practical help – and like I said, HOPE!! The most powerful and personal thing I can say to you as National Mental Health Awareness Months begins is “You are not alone!”  I’m looking forward to learning together during May.  Join me on Twitter (@KayWarren1), Facebook (Kay Warren), and Instagram (@KayWarren75).