1,420 hours of mental health therapy sessions funded through Charlotte nonprofit

May is Mental Health Awareness month

On Saturday, the city of Charlotte and Mayor Vi Lyles proclaimed the day “Let’s Talk About It Mental Health Awareness Day” to recognize the work done by Eustress Inc.

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the organization held its annual Let’s Talk About It Mental Health Awareness Day.

“It was amazing to look out at the people who came out to recognize the importance of mental wellness in the Carolinas,” said Rwenshaun Miller, executive director of Eustress Inc.

Miller is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and CEO of The Good Stress Company, where he and his team of counselors begin the process of therapy by addressing the challenges of clients.

Eustress Inc. was born out of the desire to bring awareness to the importance of acknowledging, improving and preserving mental health, a topic often marked by stigma and denial, particularly in the Black community.

This is the third year that WSOC-TV was the exclusive media partner for the event.

Over 42 million people in the United States have some form of mental illness, and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. will experience a serious mental illness each year that substantially interferes with their life activities.

“Just last year, Eustress funded over 1,400 hours of therapy for 176 people,” Miller said. “It couldn’t have been done without the help of our donors.”

Eustress was founded to help those who may not have the financial ability to access quality care to address their mental health needs.

“Individuals from low-income backgrounds are less likely to seek formal mental health services, and this is especially true for low-income individuals who identify as racial and ethnic minorities,” Miller said. “So talking about mental health is critical to breaking the stigma.”

The morning began with a fitness workout from Ultimate Fitness.

A 1-mile walk around the campus of Northside Baptist Church was lined with signs that were thought-provoking and useful about mental wellness.

Several sponsors were recognized for their support over the past year including, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Jack and Jill of America Foundation - Charlotte Chapter, Altria, Doyle Dickerson Terrazzo, Legacy Collective, MB Consultants, Dr. Oscar Mvula, State of Success, and Steven Stack.

“Our conversation about mental health needs to happen every day,” Miller said. “My hope is that we make it easier to talk about.”

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