Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
During the month of May, BHSB will join forces with partner organizations across the country and here in Maryland, such as MD NAMI and MHAM, to bring awareness to mental health and fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.
Each year, the movement grows stronger. While these issues are important to address all year round, highlighting these issues during May provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of all Americans whose lives are affected by mental health conditions. Help spread awareness for the stigmafree pledge.
- Fast Facts on Mental Health
- In Baltimore City, almost 18% of the adult population has been diagnosed with a mental illness in the last year.
- The number of people served in the public mental health system has grown by more than 12% over the last three years with 53,370 people being served in FY 15 with more than $263 million in expenditures.
- Of the 53,370 people served in FY 15, more than 17,000 (32%) were children and youth.
- Although Baltimore City is 11% of the state’s population, it represents almost 40% of the state’s public behavioral health system.
Key Resources:Crisis, Information & Referral Line Call Baltimore’s 24/7 help line, 410-433-5175 Do you or someone you know need treatment with mental health or substance use? Baltimore has a 24/7 help line, giving people the opportunity to talk to a trained professional at any time. National Suicide Prevention Hotline Call 24/7 1-800-273- TALK (8825)
Whether or not you are thinking about harming yourself, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to connect with a skilled, trained counselor at a local crisis center. For more information on suicide prevention visit the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Mental Health First Aid Maryland Every day any of us may encounter someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis at work, school or in our everyday lives. You can help by incorporating Mental Health First Aid into our communities. Mental Health First Aid gives you the skills you need to identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health condition and help someone in need. Learn more.