MCC Daily Tribune
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Dear faculty and staff:
If you were not already aware, May is Mental Health Awareness month. As we collectively reflect on a vulnerable past year, it is even more important that we ensure that individuals who are struggling with their mental health are aware of when and how to seek out additional support. We invite you all to come together to continue to raise awareness and fight stigma surrounding mental health during the month of May and beyond. Additionally, we hope that you will share the mental health resources and information below with your students, as appropriate.
Facts about Mental Health:
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
- 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. With all of this being stated, the message is still one of hope. Many evidence-based treatments exist for mental health disorders; there is help out there, and no one should have to navigate their challenges alone.
MCC Counseling Center and Disability Services Office staff work diligently to help students get connected to support services both internal and external to MCC, if and when needed. All currently enrolled students are invited to connect with these short-term services, which are both free and confidential; call 585-292-2140 or email email@example.com Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm.
Local phone mental health resources:
•Emergency/Mental Health Crisis: If you or someone you know is at risk of harm, call 911 immediately or call MCC Public Safety dispatch at (585)292-2911 for assistance.
•Monroe County Lifeline: Call 585-275-5151 (available 24/7) to become connected with a variety of different community support services.
•Rochester Community Mobile Crisis Team: Call 585-529-3721 to access telephone services which are provided to individuals and families in crisis 24/7. When necessary, a mobile crisis intervention team visit can occur.
•National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (available 24/7)
- Support for veterans: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line
•Crisis Text line: Text HOME to 741-741 to reach a crisis counselor
- Support for students of color: Text STEVE to 741-741
•Willow Domestic Violence Center: Call the 24-hour hotline at 585-222-SAFE (7233)
•National Trans Lifeline: Call 1-877-565-8860
Online mental health resource:
- MCC students whom are interested in long-term counseling can visit the Thriving Campus directory at Monroecc.thrivingcampus.com to locate a therapist in their area.
Student Guide to Mental Health:
Lastly, the office will be hosting a virtual student mental health screening drop-in opportunity this week on Wednesday, May 5th, from 12-1pm, with details and login information below.
- Counselors will be available to meet 1:1 with students for brief consultations in confidential breakout rooms, where they will help students review completed mini mental health screenings.
- Screenings are meant to build self-awareness and to serve as a starting point for a conversation with a counselor. They are not meant to be diagnostic.
- While this session is not designed to serve as therapy, group norms will be discussed to ensure that all information that is shared is kept confidential.
- Students may be requested to schedule an appointment with a counselor for a later date if time does not allow due to the volume of students in attendance.
- Students will be offered connections to community resources and further follow-up support, as needed.
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