Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Collaborates with Local Organizations for “It Matters to Me” Mental Health Awareness Month Events

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — May 04, 2017

Kannapolis, N.C. (May 4, 2017) – Cardinal Innovations Healthcare joins community organizations in Rockingham, Stokes, Forsyth and Davie counties to help bring people together and raise awareness about mental illness with “It Matters to Me” Mental Health Awareness events on May 4.

Approximately 43.6 million, or 18.1 percent, of Americans ages 18 and older have experienced some form of mental illness, according to SAMSHA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Common mental disorders include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and trauma. May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Cardinal Innovations, the nation’s largest specialty health plan, is focused on building strong support networks in the communities it serves. By working closely with local schools, law enforcement, healthcare providers, government, non-profits and social service organizations, individuals diagnosed with mental illness can more readily access resources that facilitate treatment and ultimately improve lives.

“The community is the catalyst for raising awareness, promoting an accepting environment and providing a safety net for vulnerable individuals who manage mental illness every day,” said Kimberly Morgan, the Triad Region System of Care Coordinator with Cardinal Innovations, who helped organize the events. “The professional systems we partner with support the family systems in gaining resilience and confidence to positively function with the chronic symptoms of mental illness on a daily basis. Mental illness becomes mental wellness when you replace ‘I’ with ‘we.’ We can’t do it alone.”

Cardinal Innovations worked with Insight Human Services, Youth Haven, Stokes Friends of Youth, the SAVED Foundation as well as local government leaders to organize the May 4 “It Matters to Me” events, which features speakers discussing mental health topics such as suicide and fighting the stigma against a mental illness diagnosis.

“It is important to collaborate with Cardinal Innovations and other community stakeholders to spread awareness of mental health awareness and the mission of RC3 (Rockingham County Community Collaborative),” said Chelsea Bullins with Insight. “The mission of the RC3 is to be a committee and governance structure supporting the development and delivery of community-based, family-driven services to children, youth and families.”

Bullins said it is important to work to raise awareness about mental illness and teach others the signs and symptoms along with where to go to receive help they may need. “Mental Health is something that is not discussed enough within the community,” she said.

Shequel Whitehead, Programs Operation Director at SAVED Foundation, Inc. added that when the agencies work together it becomes easier to assist more people and increase feelings of hope.

“The opportunity to collaborate with multiple organizations that share the common goal of addressing the needs of children and families allows us to have a greater impact. By joining forces, we extend our reach in the community,” Whitehead said. “The change you create as a team is always greater than when it is approached individually. The added benefit is the ability to increase the support system for individuals we serve and the organizations doing the work to support them.”

Media Contact: Ashley Conger
Vice President of Corporate Communications & PR
704.467.3808 (mobile)


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