Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health & Developmental Services
Assisted by the Mental Health and Developmental Services Advisory Board, the bi-county Mental Health and Developmental Services' office provides a full range of mental health and intellectual disability services responsive to individual and community needs.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Please join us for a month of virtual events and celebrations. Our events will vary between trainings, fun activities for everyone and finding the balance between mind and body.
For more information and a complete events calendar, please to check the Luzerne County website: https://www.luzernecounty.org/466/Mental-Health-Developmental-Services
As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some very important facts to keep in mind -
1. Mental Health Problems Affect Everyone
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
- One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
2. Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors.
Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.
Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.
3. The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don't even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.
4. People with mental health problems are just as productive as other employees. Employers who hire people with mental health problems report good attendance and punctuality as well as motivation, good work, and job tenure on par with or greater than other employees.
When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, it can result in:
- Lower total medical costs
- Increased productivity
- Lower absenteeism
- Decreased disability costs
5. Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
• Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry
• Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
• Family history of mental health problems
6. Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before and they work.
Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both.
7. Friends and loved ones can make a big difference. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive needed treatment. Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need by:
- Reaching out and letting them know you are available to help
- Helping them access mental health services
- Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn't true
- Treating them with respect, just as you would anyone else
- Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as "crazy"
8. Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors such as exposure to trauma that can affect the chances that children, youth, and young adults will develop mental health problems. Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and youth leads to:
- Higher overall productivity
- Better educational outcomes
- Lower crime rates
- Stronger economies
- Lower health care costs
- Improved quality of life
- Increased lifespan
- Improved family life
Finally, to show your support, please wear green, light your homes/businesses up green and tag your photos with #selfcarenepa21
Feeling emotionally overwhelmed?
Whether it's fear about COVID-19, feelings of social isolation, or mental stress from other concerns, sometimes life can feel dangerously out of control.
Community Counseling Services is ready to help -- with a temporary, new site for mental health crisis care. Our office at 110 South Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilkes-Barre. Crisis services will be available for Crisis Evaluation weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please call 570-552-6000.
Crisis support, outside of these hours, is also available by calling 570-552-6000 or going to the nearest ER.