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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

During the month of May, school counselors, mental health professionals, and many others take the time to help raise awareness about mental health. This is a time for school counselors like myself to shed some light on mental health as a whole: it’s important to take care of yourselves and to as for help when you need it! There’s no shame in needing help! 

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of stigma around mental illness, and it’s my job to advocate for my students to receive the mental health care they need.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has chosen to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone” when working this month to raise awareness and advocate for those with mental illness. You can learn more about how “it’s okay to not be okay” through NAMI’s website. They provide a lot of great information on Mental Health Awareness Month! 

Our community is also spreading the word through awareness, support, and advocacy activities. River Valley Behavioral Health (RVBH), an organization which provides comprehensive behavioral health services in the Owensboro, Kentucky area, has created a contest opportunity for children–K-12.

This contest is part of the Youth Mental Health Art Project. Students are invited to create a visual art piece (drawing, painting, sculpture, poem, etc.) to promote mental health awareness and share a message of support. Entries may be submitted via mail or in person at RVBH- Youth Art, 1100 Walnut Street, Owensboro, KY 42301. You may also submit your entries to Ms. Katie Jones, OCMS Counselor, who will then deliver them to RVBH. 

Please, see the attached flyer for more details about this contest! OCMS students… make your school (and your school counselor) proud (though, Ms. Jones is already very proud of you!)! 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Jones at [email protected].