Photo Caption: [R-L] Orange County Corrections officers, Orange County Corrections Chief Louis A. Quiñones and Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings attend the Greater Orlando NAMIWalks event on April 27, 2019, leading up to Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

From the Orange County Newsroom

May is National Mental Health Awareness month. Each year, residents, community organizations and major employers across the U.S. highlight the effort to fight the stigma linked to mental health issues, provide support, educate and advocate for policies and resources to assist those living with mental illness and their families.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Furthermore, half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24.

To assist residents, Orange County’s Community and Family Services Department offers mental health and substance abuse services through Aspire Health Partners. Additionally, the Belvin Perry, Jr. Central Receiving Center in Orlando serves individuals engaged by local law enforcement who are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. This service was created between the Florida Department of Children and Families and Orange County Government.

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