BY MARY GARRISON
May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Community Counseling Services (CCS) in West Point is working to spread the word and end the stigma associated with mental health issues.
CCS will host its third annual community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the Pass It On parking lot at 407 W. Main St. in West Point. The sale is open to resident participation, and CCS department directors will be on hand to join in the fun as well as answer any questions about CCS services.
It’s an event that Martha Allen Wooten, CCS marketing coordinator, said not only presents education on common mental health disorders but also allows residents the opportunity to find out about services CCS provides subtly from those who know best — counselors and clients.
“It’s a good way for people to get out and ask questions without anyone else necessarily knowing they’re asking,” Wooten said. “Some of our clients will participate and may identify themselves … they can talk about what they’ve learned from our programs and how it helps with their mental health.”
Wooten said some one in four Americans is affected by mental health issues, and those issues present in many ways. Milder forms of mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression, Wooten said, are just as critical to treat as major psychological events like schizophrenia and often more prevalent.
“It can come from anything,” Wooten said. “Anxiety from a loved one at war, stress from cutbacks at work — even winter was just too long this year and I can’t seem to get over it. People have mental health needs for a lot of different reasons. … Being a parent is difficult and scary. The stress can cause someone to become depressed or experience anxiety. … one thing can lead to another, and then you have a problem.”
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