New Haven, CT (WTNH) — May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the perfect time to educate the public about important mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding the need for support.
CT Style Host Natasha Lubczenko spoke to Sara Magistro, LCSW by bra care. She is Director of Behavioral Health, at the Shoreline Clinic, where they have seen first hand how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of our local people.
Sara shared that by the fall of 2021, 30% of Connecticut residents reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. She believes the past two years have brought this issue to the fore, and yet people are still afraid to talk about their symptoms and take steps to seek help.
BHcare wants to help people to recover and to feel that they are worth a life. They provide many clinical services to their clients, including therapy, group therapy, and medication management. Physical problems can also be addressed by their professionals.
Sara says: “The most important thing is that you just need to get in touch with us so you can talk to someone about what’s going on. It’s okay if you don’t know where to start.”
BHcare’s website offers a lot of information, such as how to know when it’s time to get help, whether it’s for a loved one or for yourself. They encourage you to call and take that first step.
BHcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic providing services to 15,000 children, adults and families in Greater New Haven, the Lower Naugatuck Valley, the Coastline and beyond. For more than 40 years, they have helped people recover from mental illness, substance use, domestic violence and other health risk behaviors through a comprehensive and integrated group of programs that focus on the whole person and their whole health.
For more information about BHcare, visit: https://BHcare.org or call: (203) 800-7177