Mental Health Awareness Fair This Weekend

Raising Awareness About Mental Health

GREENSBORO, NC -- The National Institute of Mental Health says one in in five adults in America experience a mental illness. They also say 50-percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 14. So where can you start to find help? 

There's a resource fair right happening in the Triad this weekend! Keith Funderburk with the S.E.L. Group and Jackie King with the Greensboro Human Relations Commission joined Lauren Melvin on the Good Morning Show to talk about it.

Funderburk talked about the stigma behind mental illness and some of the warning signs that people might be struggling. They include: being sad or withdrawn, starting risk-taking behaviors, dealing with sudden overwhelming fear, severe mood swings, drastic behavior changes, difficulty concentrating, and more. 

Experts say its important people seek help early as mental health struggles can start by age 14 and lead to a variety of consequences. In youth, they can include dropping out and poor grades. In adults, some of the consequences can include homelessness and even imprisonment.

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The Mental Health Resource Fair is Saturday, May 13 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Glenwood Recreation Center. The address is 2010 Coliseum Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, Hammond Psychology Keith Funderburk, The Social and Emotional Learning Group (The S.E.L. Group). It's free to attend.

For more information, contact The City of Greensboro Human Relations Commission (336-273-2038) or The S.E.L. Group (336-285-7173)


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