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May Is Mental Health Month – Let’s Work To Eliminate The Stigma [[Interview Inside]]

May is Mental Health Month and according to Community Network Services, “stigma is one of the biggest barriers associated with mental health.” So today I talked to Mr. Garrett about CNS and how they are committed to educating people about the importance of mental health, and eliminating “stigma.” (

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  • Here are a few facts about the pervasiveness and effects of mental health in the United States (U.S.).
  • Approximately 27% of adults have a mental illness in any given year
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year
  • 97% of violent crimes are committed by people who do not have a mental health diagnosis
  • Approximately 105 people commit suicide every day in the U.S.
  • Approximately 20% of people who commit suicide are veterans of the U.S. Military
  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance abuse disorder, 50.5%, had a co-occurring mental illness
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition
  • An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness

For more information about Community Network Services, call 800-615-0411 or visit

ALSO: Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016 & Michelle Obama Takes A Stand On Mental Health In Compelling Op-Ed


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May Is Mental Health Month – Let’s Work To Eliminate The Stigma [[Interview Inside]]


I'm still trying to figure it out too! I'm a child of God that has a lot to say. I've been given a platform on the air to say it but I tend to be a bit lengthy so enter my website. The "confessions" you see on my website are not the gossip kind but rather conversations with artists, authors, speakers and teachers within the faith-based community. Also, my journey has been colorful, rich and sometimes really hard so, I look for answers and respite through writing. My mom wanted me to write a book  and I'm working on that, so bear with me as I fumble my way through. I'm working on balancing my extremely fun work life with my personal life that is filled with challenges these days. I know that God will see me to victory so... welcome to my life. ~Randi

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