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.