New Haven, CT (WTNH) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a great time to educate the public about important mental health issues and to reduce the stigma surrounding the need for support.
CT Style host Natasha Lubczenko spoke to Sara Magistro, LCSW of BHcare. She is Director of Behavioral Health, Shoreline Clinic, where they saw, first-hand, how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of our local population.
Sara shared that in the fall of 2021, 30% of Connecticut residents reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. She believes the past two years have raised awareness about this problem, yet people are still afraid to talk about their symptoms and take action to get help.
BHcare wants to help people recover and feel like they have a life worth living. They offer many clinical services to their clients, including therapy, group therapy, and medication management. Physical problems can also be treated by their professionals.
Sara says, “Most importantly, you just need to reach out and contact us, so you can talk to someone about what’s going on. It’s okay if you don’t know where to start.
The BHcare 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 the first step.
BHcare is a certified community behavioral health clinic providing services to 15,000 children, adults and families in Greater New Haven, Lower Naugatuck Valley, Coastline and beyond. For more than 40 years, they have helped people recover from mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, and other risky health behaviors through a comprehensive, integrated group of programs that focus on person as a whole and on their health as a whole.
To learn more about BHcare, visit: https://BHcare.org or call: (203) 800-7177