Local organizations raise awareness about mental health

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — There is a big stigma surrounding mental health. Not everyone likes to talk about what they’re going through or seek help.

The need for mental health awareness has certainly increased since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Tennessee Voices and Youth Build Memphis came together on Saturday to host an event to bring that awareness to the people of Memphis.

“Our goal is to make sure that conversation is still being had,” Will Voss with TN Voices told FOX13.

Voss said the stigma surrounding mental health needs to be broken.

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“We don’t talk about mental health enough especially in the black community. There’s such a stigma on it,” said Voss.

The two organizations hosted a drive-thru necessity drive.

Participants received care bags with resources like stress balls, face masks, pamphlets, and more to help them learn about mental health resources available to them.

According to a study conducted by the CDC, 40% of adults in the U.S. reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse because of the pandemic.

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“Suicide is an underlying concern from a major mental health concern that someone may be experiencing,” said Voss.

Jeffrey Higs with Youth Build Memphis tells FOX13 events like the one held today, are very important.

“People need help. This is our way of trying to help people. It lets people know that people care,” said Higs.

Voss said that TN Voices has several resources available to those struggling with their mental health.

You can go to their website www.tnvoices.org.

The organization also offers free Telehealth therapy to anyone who doesn’t have healthcare or lost their insurance because of the pandemic.

If you or a loved one has had thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.