Mental Health Awareness Month

May 11, 2023

One of our key programs at FPH is the Family Strengthening Center, which addresses mental health issues.

The Family Strengthening Center (FSC)’s mission is to facilitate the healthy development of children through the strengthening of families. FSC and its staff of professionals are dedicated to addressing child maltreatment throughout the state of Hawaii.

The ultimate goal is to facilitate the healthy development of children through the strengthening of families. This can only be achieved through a skilled and dedicated team comprised of compassionate clinicians who have the resilience and courage to rise to the challenge. While intervention is not always initially welcomed, when the common goal is to ensure the safety of a child, a bridge is built, and our skilled mental health
experts are able to help families rebuild the psychological, emotional, and interpersonal foundations of their broken homes. Through this process, the bond between parent and child can be strengthened. And by working together, a child’s life is saved and changed forever.

This Mental Health Month, challenge yourself to examine your world and how it can affect your overall health. Look around, look within – from your neighborhood to genetics, many factors come into play when it comes to your mental health.

From Schroeder Stribling
President and CEO, Metal Health America
“As humans, our overall health is significantly affected by our natural and built environment: where we are born, live, learn, work, play, and congregate all influence our health. While we often think of these environmental factors (sometimes called the “social determinants of health,” or the “vital conditions for well-being”) as relating largely to our physical health, it’s important to consider the effect of our environment on our mental health and well-being as well. This opens the door to consider education, economic stability, social connections, neighborhood, community infrastructure, and access to care. What we know for sure is that there are many factors that contribute to mental well-being, and we all benefit from stable environments, strong communities, and ready access to needed services.

During this year’s Mental Health Month, which we proudly started in 1949, Mental Health America invites you to Look Around, Look Within as we consider every part of our environment and its effect on our mental health and well-being.

This year’s Mental Health Month toolkit provides free, practical resources on how to support your mental health, and the health of those in your community, within every part of our natural and built environment.

Some aspects of our environments may be outside of our immediate control while in other areas we have the potential to makechange. To that end, this toolkit provides useful suggestions for ways to adapt your surroundings to improve overall health and well-being, as well as suggestions for ways to cope when change seems out of reach. We all have mental health, and we all have unique environments. Making our environments as healthy as possible goes a long way in improving our mental well-being.”