ELGIN, IL, April 2022 – Ecker Center for Behavioral Health will be offering the community a new means of supporting their cause this spring by kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month with a virtual event themed “Self-Care for Mental Health.”  There are a variety of ways in which supporters may participate in this event, as follows:
    • Order a May Day Basket filled with fresh flowers and other goodies just in time for May Day.
    • Join a Self-Care Sunday virtual presentation by Ecker staff and other professionals to learn tips on how to combat stress and make self-care a priority.
    • Check out the online auction to bid on a variety of wellness-themed gift baskets.
    • Subscribe to receive special Mental Health Monday content every Monday in May to learn how to prioritize mental health.
    Details about the event may be found at www.eckercenter.org/selfcare.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available for local businesses who would like to reach a caring audience of individuals who acknowledge that mental health is as important as physical health and are eager to support like-minded businesses and professionals.  And donations of gift baskets and self-care related items are still being accepted for the online auction, which runs through May 14th.
    The month of May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month.  This year’s MHA theme "Back to Basics" is about providing foundational knowledge about mental health and mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern. 
    An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older – about 1 in 4 adults – suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, and many suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time.  Yet, millions of Americans with mental illness struggle to find mental health care – a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that between 30 and 80 percent of people with mental health issues don't seek treatment.
    Agencies such as Ecker Center for Behavioral Health play a vital role in providing mental health care services and helping individuals find resources available in their community.
    Think you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition?  Contact Ecker Center at (847) 695-0484 to request an assessment.  Or take a mental health screening test and/or learn more about mental health at https://screening.mhanational.org/.  Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common, and treatable.  And recovery is possible.
    Ecker Center for Behavioral Health’s mission is to optimize the well-being of individuals and communities through the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, and quality behavioral health care which includes prevention, education, and intervention.
    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jennifer Flory at (847) 695-0484, Ext. 2028 or jflory@eckercenter.org