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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which was started by the Mental Health America Organization in 1949 in an effort to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early intervention. 

Too many people shy away from mental health (psychiatric) help because they fear being labelled “insane” and/or they feel that their mental distress is not serious enough to meet with a mental health professional. “…I never needed anybody’s help in any way…” (lyrics from “Help” by the Beatles).

Please, talk with a mental health professional about your stress to get help in making it less.

Please, talk with a mental health professional if you are very sad or mad SO THAT YOU ARE  helped to acquire a mental state approaching glad.

Please, talk with a mental health professional/someone and do not hide any thoughts you have of committing suicide.

“Help! I need somebody…

“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down

“And I do appreciate you being ’round

“Help me get my feet back on the ground.

“Won’t you please, please help me?…” (“Help” lyrics)

If you are a family member, stranger or friend, encourage people to seek professional help to end mental distress, confusion and pain and be assured that they are or will be sane.

Care, not just during the month of May, but always.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...