Howard County launches Mental Health Awareness campaign, promoting mental and behavioral health resources

Posted at 8:37 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 20:37:24-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much.

It brought along serious mental health problems for so many and Howard County wants to people tackle their mental health issues.

County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball announced the “Let’s Talk about Mental Health” Campaign.

It will promote mental and behavioral health resources and services available in the county.

"We want the health department's bureau of behavioral health to be considered the key source in helping address the mental health needs of our community. Whether that means defining exactly what the term mental health means or helping connect an individual with a more serious concern to a provider."

According to the CDC, 40 percent of adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use during late June.

Also, the prevalence of symptoms of anxiety disorder was about three times those reported in the second quarter of 2019.