Mental Health Awareness

By fostering open conversations, eradicating stigma, and providing resources through community outreach, events, and campaigns that support Mental Wellness

Education

By empowering individuals with knowledge and skills through workshops, and resources to overcome challenges with Mental Health

Scholarships

To provide scholarships to those pursuing a career in the Arts field. This is through an essay contest where the winner receives a $500 Darren Clark Jr. Arts Scholarship. The choice of Arts stems from Darren's love for Art.

Mission

Our goal is to provide education, resources and coping skills to those struggling with their mental health. This will be through programs that promote mental health awareness.

Vision

To reduce the stigma around mental health and reduce the number of loved ones we lose by suicide.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is a person’s psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It covers various aspects of life, including how individuals think, feel, and behave. Good mental health means being able to cope with daily stressors, maintain positive relationships, adapt to change, and manage emotions effectively.

Mental health can be affected by numerous factors, including:

  1. Biological factors: Genetics, brain chemistry, and hormonal imbalances.
  2. Environmental factors: Stressful life events, trauma, abuse, and exposure to toxins.
  3. Psychological factors: Personality traits, coping skills, and thought patterns can influence how individuals respond to challenges.
  4. Socioeconomic factors: Poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and lack of access to quality healthcare.

Mental health conditions can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. They include disorders such as anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

What could Mental illness look like?

Mental health covers a broad spectrum of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and it can vary greatly from person to person. Signs and behaviors associated with mental health can include:

  1. Mood changes Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, or anxiety that interfere with daily functioning.
  2. Withdrawal: Social withdrawal, isolating oneself from friends, family, and usual activities.
  3. Changes in appetite or weight: Significant weight loss or gain, changes in eating habits, or appetite.
  4. Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, oversleeping, or experiencing nightmares.
  5. Loss of interest: Losing interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyed.
  6. Fatigue: Persistent low energy levels, even after rest.
  7. Difficulty concentrating: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  8. Physical symptoms: Unexplained aches and pains, headaches, digestive issues, or other physical complaints without a clear medical cause.
  9. Substance abuse: Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or other substances as a coping mechanism.
  10. Irritability or anger: Frequent outbursts of anger, irritability, or aggression.
  11. Risky behaviors: Engaging in reckless behaviors such as substance abuse, unsafe sex, dangerous driving, and trouble with the law.
  12. Self-harm: Deliberate self-harm behaviors such as cutting, burning, or other forms of self-injury.
  13. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors: Expressing thoughts of suicide, making suicide attempts, or engaging in behaviors that indicate a desire to harm oneself.
  14. Difficulty coping with daily tasks: Struggling to fulfill responsibilities at work, school, or home.
  15. Heightened sensitivity: Feeling overly sensitive to criticism, rejection, or perceived slights.

It’s important to note that experiencing one or more of these signs does not necessarily mean someone has a mental health disorder. However, if these signs persist for more than several weeks and interfere with daily functioning, it may be beneficial to seek support from a mental health professional. Additionally, everyone’s experience of mental health is unique, so symptoms can vary widely from person to person.

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