Eleanor Larrier is working to support National Minority Mental Health Awareness month

Eleanor Larrier

Early in my career I worked with an organization that supported and advocated for the rights of mentally ill persons. More recently, I've promoted and helped to get funding to co-locate primary and mental/behavioral health care services. It's important to erase the stigma attached to mental illness in our African American/Caribbean and other minority communities. Mental illness is just one of many health challenges. Like diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases, mental illness can be treated with medication, professional counseling and the support and encouragement of family/friends. Let's not be afraid to seek help for ourselves, or to encourage family members or friends to do so. We can learn about signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and other forms of mental illness, and how to respond appropriately to those who are exhibiting symptoms. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offers a free course on Mental Health First Aid. Join the cause!

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