Dear friends and supporters,

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County joins the national effort to raise awareness about mental health. There are many myths about mental health, including that only certain people struggle with mental health. In reality, mental health can touch any family, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status, and can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Mental health problems can range from mild to severe, and they can impact how we think, feel, and behave.

One in five adults in Palm Beach County experiences mental illness each year, with anxiety and depression among the most common presentations. The Center’s professional staff work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with anxiety and depression, as well as other problems, such as marital issues, family discord, substance abuse, sexual abuse and violence, domestic violence, grief and loss, trauma, and life transitions.

We are on the front lines of working with individuals and families on mental health every day, but we ask you to unite with us in May as we work to reduce stigma (here’s some ways), provide support to others, and educate the public about mental illness in our community and across the world.

If you are struggling with mental wellness, there is help available.

Here are some practical tools and resources that can help you thrive:

  1. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help, such as that available through the Center. Mental health professionals can provide you with the support and guidance you need to thrive. You can also call 2-1-1 or your doctor, use your EAP if provided through your workplace, and more.
  2. Take care of your physical health: Exercise regularly, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and avoid substance abuse.
  3. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness can help you stay focused on the present moment and reduce stress and anxiety. Try meditation, yoga, mindful walks, or deep breathing exercises.
  4. Connect with others: Strong social connections can help you build resilience and cope with stress. Make time for your loved ones and try to meet new people. Don’t forget to take some time to disconnect from social media and connect with others face-to-face.
  5. Educate yourself and others: Learn more about mental health issues and share your knowledge with others. By raising awareness, we can reduce stigma and improve access to mental health services.
  6. Follow us on Social media for more tips and information about mental health throughout the month of May.

Let’s make this month a time to prioritize our mental health and well-being. Together, we can break down the barriers to mental health care and create a more supportive and compassionate society.

Please use this month as an opportunity to renew your commitment to preventing child abuse and creating a safe and nurturing environment for all children and families. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.


Todd L’Herrou, CEO

p.s. Be sure to Get your Green On May 18, 2023 as a visible show of support for mental health awareness.

Center for Family Services has been providing mental health services and education to children, adults and families since 1961. Our clients are some of the most vulnerable in the community due to their age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Donations are a crucial means to their mental well-being. On their behalf, thank you for your support.

To learn more about our programs, visit our Programs page.
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