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May declared Mental Health Awareness Month
Experts say calling attention to this is crucial
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At the request of the Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend, the Barton County Commission Monday morning recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

Mental health is often overlooked, but it is an ever-present health concern. The Barton County Commission Monday morning called attention to this problem by proclaiming May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Also to observe this, the Center is sponsoring a Mental Health Awareness Day on Friday, May 26. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center, 5815 Broadway in Great Bend and will include games, informational booths and other special activities. 

“Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall well-being,” said Julie Kramp, executive director of the Center for Counseling and Consultation in Great Bend. “As all people experience times of difficulty and stress, it is important to bring awareness and understanding of mental health, wellness, resources and support.”

The proclamation states that “with appropriate resources, treatment and support, people with mental health concerns are able to improve their well-being and quality of life.”  

Mental health issues “are real and prevalent in this nation,” said Center therapist John Makings. But, treatment is effective.

It is important that the community become more aware of mental health, he said. It impacts all of us in one way or another.

Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Schartz has sat on the Center’s board of directors for a number of years. “We’ve gone through some growing pains, but we have a good administrator now and everything is looking good,” Schartz said.

Kramp is in her fifth month at the facility.

Since 1949, Mental Health America and affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month.