A quick glance at statistics and the problem of mental health becomes clear.
In this country, one in five people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime. Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 44 and under and the 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-54 with one American dying from suicide every 12.3 minutes. Almost 43,000 deaths a year out of 1.1 million attempts.
Drug overdose is another problem, a report released last December states more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, the most ever. Stating the death toll in the United States from drug overdose at over 50,000. Contrast this with the number of deaths from breast cancer at over 40,000 and you can see the problem.
On May 20, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm, Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 3950 Winkler Ave Ext. Fort Myers, Florida 33916 is the host for a free event to bring awareness to the community about mental health.
The community needs to talk about mental health and illness because taking care of your mental health and that of those you love is as important as taking care of your physical health.
Janet Memoli RN, BSN and a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association is the chairperson for the event.
There will be three main themes at the event to focus on the mental health issues of Anxiety, Depression and Substance Abuse, with a room set aside to discuss each theme. There will be professionals in each room to answer questions about these issues.
Exhibitors include David Lawrence Center, Lee Health, Ahmadiya Muslim Community, CARES , Children’s Home Society, Royal Palm Christian Counseling and David Kneeland, a Social Security disability consultant.
There will also be a bounce house and other children’s activities.
Please bring food donations as food collected will be distributed to local food pantries.
If you wish to exhibit at this event or donate please contact Janet Memoli at 239-994-3650 or go to the website at www.mental healthsaturday.com.
In remembrance of those we have lost to suicide, a chapel service will also be held at 2:30 pm.