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Help Us Break the Stigma During Mental Health Awareness Month

Several people sit on chairs in a circle while discussing mental health challenges.

Mental health is crucial to overall health and well-being at every stage of life. Each May, we recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the resilience of those living with behavioral health conditions, break down stigmas that inhibit recovery and normalize the act of seeking treatment. 

Why is Mental Health Important?

Just as physical health determines your ability to perform everyday activities, mental health is equally instrumental in contributing to your quality of life. Your psychological state has the power to disrupt many facets of life, including work performance and relationships. 

If you broke a bone, you’d seek treatment from professionals to help you recover. The act of seeking treatment for behavioral health issues is no less important, but for many, the reluctance to receive care is rooted in deep-seated shame and long-standing societal stigmas. 

Neglect of our mental health is a slippery slope that can lead to negative consequences, the blowback of which can send shockwaves throughout our lives. Poor mental health can lead to a variety of impediments, including strained relationships, decreased productivity and heightened stress levels, just to name a few.

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?

For more than 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May to shine a light on the important role mental health plays in our lives.

Every person’s journey is different. By joining together with other mental health professionals to raise awareness and share resources designed to support individuals in need, we have the power to provide lifesaving messages, destigmatize mental health issues and touch countless lives.

How CTI-OK Can Help

At CTI-OK, we’re passionate about helping people live healthier lives, mentally and physically. The willingness to accept help for mental health conditions is a sign of strength, not weakness. We aim to break the stigmas that surround mental health by providing judgment-free comprehensive health services that change lives and build hope-filled futures for individuals and families. 

Our patients find support with an empathetic team of medical and clinical professionals who provide comprehensive treatments for a variety of psychiatric and behavioral health issues, including ​depression, anxiety and PTSD. Those accessing CTI-OK’s treatment services receive recovery-oriented, strengths-based holistic care.

Our individualized services include group and individual counseling, problem gambling treatment, trauma treatments like EMDR, infant mental health, parenting programs, recovery support services and comprehensive and innovative treatments for substance use disorders. No matter where you are on your journey, we’ll meet you there, serving as your ultimate champions.

Most importantly, too many individuals do not seek help because they cannot afford it. No one is ever turned away from CTI-OK based on income: many of our services are offered at low or no cost, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

Mental health matters, and you are worthy of love and support. This Mental Health Awareness Month is the perfect time to take the first step in accepting help.


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