be the help.
n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
The #REACHOUT Campaign is a behavioral health awareness campaign created by the United Family Center. #REACHOUT has a primary focus on families with 6th to 12th-grade students and a secondary focus on elementary-aged children with an emphasis on social-emotional learning. We want to encourage open conversations among families and educate our communities about the warning signs for individuals who may be “at risk.” By doing this, we hope to bring awareness to mental illness, and suicide, help keep the addiction rates from growing and encourage individuals to live healthy lifestyles, and seek treatment and recovery support services if needed. Highlighting ways for individuals to #REACHOUT for help and encourage others to #REACHOUT to help is our goal.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Did you know that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness? Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that
only compassion can heal.”
– Steve Maraboli