WISCONSIN— May is National Mental Health Month, which is home to many Wisconsinite.
Therapists in Wisconsin are experiencing a high demand for mental health services for people of all ages. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 68,324 people statewide will receive mental health assistance by 2020.
Marrika Rodgers is a licensed professional counselor in Milwaukee, who understands firsthand the need for mental health services.
“Like scheduling a regular doctor’s appointment or dentist appointment, scheduling an appointment for therapy,” Rodgers said. that
Rodgers recommends the following:
- Practice daily self-care. Examples include taking a walk, listening to your favorite music or doing something you enjoy for a few minutes throughout the day.
- Be aware of your emotions and if you feel more negative thoughts than positive thoughts, try to figure out what is causing the negative thoughts. If negative thoughts persist, contact a professional.
DHS also works to prevent and treat mental illnesses and provide support for people who are seeking or have recovered.
Rodgers hosts free repair gathering activities each month. More details can be found, here.
Call 2-1-1 to find out about mental health resources in your community. For national and statewide resources, click here.