May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

President Obama has recently proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Medical professionals are using the month to reaffirm commitment to understanding mental illness. They are also urging those in need to access treatment and reassuring those that are struggling to know they are not alone.

Often times, mental health is ignored. However it is something that can be treated.

"When we hear mental illness we think of the more severe persistent mental illnesses, and I think what we forget is that mental health effects all of us and often times we ignore our mental health," said Melissa McCauley, Community Mental Health Liaison.

Mental health can be sharpened by speaking with doctors and improving lifestyles. This can be done by eating healthy, exercising regularly and having more fun. Medical professionals in the area are able to help with strengthening mental health.

Professionals at the Mark Twain Behavioral Health Center can be reached at (660) 665-4612. A 24/7 Crisis Line is also available at 1-800-356-5395