Oneida County raising mental health awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Oneida County is offering informational programs and free depression screenings.

Posted: May 14, 2019 6:38 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Oneida County is offering informational programs and free depression screenings.

Experts with the Department of Mental Health say one in five American adults have experiences with mental illness.

"We have a very large population of people that are looking for mental health services," Carole Flinn from the Oneida County Department of Mental Health said. "Mental health will probably affect everyone in some way or another at some point whether they have a child or a parent or just difficulties of their own."

Representatives from the Oneida County Department of Mental Health, along with Community Health and Behavioral Services and The Neighborhood Center, held a public information session Tuesday to spotlight the many different resources and services available in our area to help with mental illness.

The Department of Mental Health says taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can help break down the stereotypes surrounding mental illness.

"There's a stigma attached to mental illness and people that have a mental illness don't necessarily want to admit they have a mental illness and sometimes family members don't want to admit that the person on their family has a mental illness so they may not get them the help that they could use," Flinn said. "There needs to be more awareness that mental illness is not something anybody chooses, it isn't something that they should be looked down on or criticized for."

For more information on services and resources in Oneida County you can visit the Oneida County Department of Metal Health website by clicking here.  

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 607001

Reported Deaths: 34362
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens866847343
Kings855617489
Bronx616175030
Nassau574892244
Suffolk573662036
Westchester476321502
New York429813222
Erie21873762
Richmond214321119
Rockland20824692
Orange16093517
Monroe13054313
Onondaga9470222
Dutchess6811185
Albany5233148
Broome4983135
Oneida4292146
Niagara3261103
Ulster310998
Chemung272432
Putnam252964
Schenectady218955
Sullivan210848
Saratoga200619
Steuben161087
Rensselaer155450
Chautauqua141416
Oswego13026
Ontario113537
Tioga105548
Wayne98312
Columbia97056
Tompkins9530
Cattaraugus91924
Cortland9131
Allegany86952
Madison83618
Genesee8198
Cayuga7627
St. Lawrence7059
Greene64618
Livingston6248
Herkimer60312
Chenango58310
Orleans58156
Otsego5528
Warren54735
Fulton46128
Jefferson4573
Washington43314
Clinton4305
Wyoming4305
Montgomery41312
Delaware3199
Lewis3159
Schuyler2743
Seneca2605
Essex25214
Franklin2436
Yates2427
Schoharie1762
Hamilton401
Out of NY0120
Unassigned017
Utica
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 37°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
39° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 32°
Herkimer
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Thendara
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 37°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve