Mental Health Walk Raises Community Awareness

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The Family Counseling Services Crew

Sidewalk adjusted 2A wave of purple shirts made its way through Cortland to celebrate May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Over 100 people of all ages turned out for the Mental Health Walk to help raise awareness about mental health issues and fight the stigma that people face every day. The theme for this year’s walk was “mindfulness matters.” When you’re mindful, you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them- without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. It can be hard to break a pattern of overthinking and judging if it has been a consistent issue for many years, but with time and patience, people are able to achieve mindfulness and get themselves into a state of peace that works well for them. Sometimes they need help with this, so adding in therapies, meditation, as well as seeing about how they can buy CBD tincture products to calm their mind, can support them through this.

The walk Joan croppedwas organized by the Think Again! Group (TAG), which includes agencies and individuals who want to improve the well-being and quality of life of those affected by behavioral and mental health issues by reducing preconceived notions and stigma through community and individual education and advocacy. “The walk brings the community together to stand up for people. We are all people first and some of us have a mental health condition,” stated Sue Marks.

Deidre Plumley participated in the walk for two reasons. “First, I think that the more visible mental health issues are, the more the public can’t hide from them and the more accepted people experiencing them will be. Second, as mental health professionals, we should always show support to the people who need us the most. We do this by being visible and walking beside them,” she shared.

One in every five adults experiences a mental health issue. Mental health issues do not discriminate and can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere. If you or someone you know need help, please contact Family Counseling Services at (607) 753-0234. Learn more about our services here….