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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month

OMC Behavioral Healthcare to offer free screenings

When mental illnesses or disorders are talked about, the language typically used to describe them tends to be clinical and impersonal. These words, while useful for doctors or clinicians, often don’t do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – Life with a Mental Illness – is a call to action to share what life with a mental illness feels like to someone going through it.

OMC Behavioral Healthcare is offering free screenings in May in West Plains at the OMC Parkway Center. Community members may walk-in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. No appointment is needed. Screenings for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and substance abuse are offered.

May is Mental Health Month was started 67 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.

Last year, Mental Health Month’s theme was B4Stage4 which helped individuals understand that when you address mental health symptoms before Stage 4, people can often recover quickly, and live full and productive lives.

For more information about Mental Health Month or OMC Behavioral Healthcare free screenings, call 417-257-6762.

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