May Is Mental Health Month

Monarch, a statewide organization that serves thousands of people with mental illness, substance abuse disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities, offers a variety of behavioral health services, psychiatric assessments, medication management and other related-support services in Anson, Bladen, Columbus, Cabarrus, Davidson, Guilford, Harnett, Lee, Mecklenburg, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Scotland, Stanly and Union counties. The organization provides crisis assessment services in Guilford and Robeson counties. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Monarch’s referral line at (866) 272-7826, email or visit

Because Monarch physicians, clinicians and officials know how essential mental health is to overall health and well-being, they support education awareness and aim to help families and others who may be reluctant to ask for help or don’t know where to find it.

“We know how events and life changes can affect us. It could be a veteran struggling with the invisible scars of war or someone experiencing a divorce, coping with the stress of being a caregiver or losing a loved one,” Brown explained. “Sometimes, people are also dealing with depression associated with a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes. All of these can take a huge toll on mental health.”

Brown said there are tested tools available that can help every person face difficult times and challenges and improve their resiliency.

“We have extensive experience and are extremely knowledgeable about how to identify and effectively treat mental health conditions,” he said. “It is important that we educate our communities and share how crucial mental health is to overall health.”

Mental Health Month, also known as Mental Health Awareness Month, was created more than 50 years ago by Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for everyone.

Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The nonprofit, which offers services in 55 counties statewide, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, or
(704) 986-1582.