Mental Health: Let's Talk About it
As a community-focused health system, Baptist Health is committed to helping all of our neighbors have healthy lives -- both physically and mentally. That’s why we are spreading the word in our community that it’s healthy to talk openly about mental health. It’s just as important to your overall well-being as your physical health.
Mental illness - more common than you think
The truth is that all people, including high-performing professionals like Brandon, can experience mental illness. In fact, one in five Americans has a mental illness. Chances are you or someone you love is one of them. It affects all walks of life and every age, including children and teens.
Like any health condition, it’s treatable
The good news is, just like any other kind of health condition, mental illness is treatable. And symptoms of mental illness can be caught early. If you are feeling out of control, sad or are afraid to talk about an issue that’s seriously affecting your mental health, there is no need to suffer in silence. Reach out to someone you trust and talk about it, or call our help line.
Talking about mental health reduces stigma
Talking with those you trust about mental health issues can lead to greater awareness and understanding. It can also reduce “stigma” – the negative perceptions associated with a topic that are often based on incorrect information and false assumptions.
Thanks to the generosity of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Endowment Fund, Baptist Health has helped generate more community-wide visibility for mental health in our community by launching the “Let’s Talk About It” campaign. Our goal is to help increase understanding and reduce stigma for children, teens, adults and seniors with mental illnesses in our community.
Help is available, and it works
If you live in or around the Jacksonville area and need help with a mental health issue, call us at 904.202-7900. Caring, compassionate professionals are there to answer your questions, day or night.
Our community is rallying around mental health
Experts throughout the greater Jacksonville community have agreed that mental health is an important quality of life issue requiring a community-wide response. To better understand the resources and needs we have in the community, Baptist Health sponsored JCCI to complete a mental health study to identify recommendations to strengthen our system of care.