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United we can change the conversation about mental health

In times of crisis, like the one we face now, it’s especially important to support mental health. Studies show that one in five adults experience mental illness, yet less than half receive the support they need.

Many individuals do not seek mental health treatment because of a lack of resources or the feared stigma attached to mental illness. 

What You Can Do to Change the Conversation
The social distancing our community is practicing can lead to increased feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, boredom, anger, frustration, irritability and even stigmitization if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn to recognize these feelings and reach out to family, friends or other people in your support network or a trained professional to talk about your mental health.

What United Way of the Southern Tier is Doing to Change the Conversation
With localized partnerships, United Way aims to change the conversation about mental health in the Southern Tier. By providing access to quality, affordable health care, United Way’s partners ensure that our communities get the mental health resources they need. If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, suicidal or dealing with other mental health challenges one of these programs could help:

Local Resources
• Family Service Society in Corning is offering free short-term counseling by phone. Just call 607-962-3148. 
• Family Services of Chemung County is offering free, short-term counseling by phone and by internet. Call to schedule an appointment: 607-733-5696.
• Regional substance abuse resources: Substance Abuse Regional Alliance, SARA Partners
• Regional suicide prevention resources: Walk A Mile in My Shoes.
• Chemung County Network of Care offers resources, links, articles, fact sheets and reports on behavioral health. 

New York State Resources
New York State Parent Helpline offers support for parents. Call 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373) to be connected with local services.
New York State Emotional Support offers tips for mental wellness at its site and free and confidential support by phone 1-844-863-9314. 
New York State Department of Health has resources for general health as well as COVID-19. Call 1-888-364-3065.
Headspace: New York State has partnered with Headspace to offer New Yorkers free meditation and mindfulness content online as a mental health resource. 

United we can change the conversation around mental health.