May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 60-million people in the United States experience daily symptoms of mental illness. Some manage their symptoms with the help they have available and some do not have the resources they need to manage and struggle to cope, while many others in between take life day by day. Reaching out for support can be hard, especially if it hasn’t worked out in the past. However, Great Rivers 2-1-1 information and referral specialists are trained to listen and aid callers in need of mental health services. They can also provide support in the moment and, although they cannot take the place of licensed mental health professionals, they can offer a caring, non-judgmental ear to anyone fighting to manage mental health symptoms. In addition, they can work to get callers in touch with the mental health services available in their area.
Nobody needs to struggle alone. For confidential and non-judgmental support and assistance with a difficult situation contact Great Rivers 2-1-1 at any time to be connected to a person who is interested and ready to help. Simply dial 211 or 800-362-8255 at any time for support and linkage to services and programs in your community.
Great Rivers 211 is an information, referral and crisis line service. Professionally trained staff help answer your questions about local, statewide, and national resources and can assist you with all kinds of life situations and challenges. The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free and confidential.
Go to www.greatrivers211.org for more information.