Dementia entered unannounced, uninvited, unrecognized and having no name.  Family members, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers did not perceive dementia the same.  Some saw dementia as flighty, eccentric, a flake.  Others thought dementia’s behavior was fake. “Please make dementia disappear,” other observers prayed.  But some knew dementia demanded professional aid.

May is National Mental Health Month. It began in April 1949 as Mental Health Week, but was made a month in the late ‘60s by the National Mental Health Association.  It was hoped that the public would be made aware of mental health or “the absence of a mental disorder” by having a month set aside to focus on mental health.

If you think your mental state or that of someone else is considered an emergency situation, call 911.  If you need to talk with someone about your mental state or that of someone else, call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), a 24-hour hotline.  Don’t let what you think others may say about you or someone else stop you from getting help.