May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

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The Month of May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) would like to encourage you to take some time to assess your own mental health situation.

When your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. As many as eight out of ten people suffering from depression and other mental health conditions can return to normal, productive lives with appropriate treatment. Yet only two in ten seek help according to the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington D.C.

The APA recommends you seek the help of a trained mental health professional if you:

• constantly worry
• feel trapped
• aren't getting better with self–help
• feel as if you can't handle things alone
• believe your feelings are affecting your job, relationships or sleep or eating habits

These are only a few of the symptoms that may warrant seeking help. You may have others issues that concern you.

Finding the way toward solutions can be as simple as a quick phone call. Your organization offers an employee assistance program (EAP). You can contact the EAP for any reason, even if you are not sure you need help. All contact with the EAP is confidential.

Whether you want advice for relationship problems or financial difficulties or you need help for anxiety, depression or drug addiction, the EAP can connect you with the services you need.

Call your EAP:
503–639–3009 Portland Metro Area
503–588–0777 Salem Area
1–800–433–2320 All Other Areas

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