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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Staff | May 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the mental health of people of all ages, and now more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles that may prevent individuals from seeking help.

In November 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 44 percent of Americans were dealing with either depression or anxiety, and recent polls also show that many are turning to substance use to cope during these stressful times.

Aloha House is a local agency that is addressing these needs. Since 1977, Aloha House has been delivering critical services to those suffering from drug and alcohol use. Today the agency provides residential treatment, a sober living program, outpatient services, detox services, and mental health counseling and therapy, serving approximately 6,000 clients per year.

“With effective treatment, we know that individuals with mental health and substance use conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives,” said Jerry Welch, president of the organization’s board of directors.

Jud Cunningham, CEO of Aloha House, said, “May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want to ensure the community knows services are available. This honorary month was started by Mental Health America in 1949, and is designed to communicate the importance of mental health to overall health.”

Aloha House services are available island-wide via telehealth, and several providers are available in West Maui, Central Maui and Upcountry for in-person services.

Aloha House is a partner agency within Maui Behavioral Health Resources, an umbrella organization of three nonprofit agencies: Maui Youth & Family Services, Aloha House and Malama Family Recovery Center. It is the largest nonprofit treatment provider on Maui.

All three agencies seek to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment to Maui residents. Together, the three agencies provide services to almost 8,000 individuals in the Maui community each year.

Those seeking help can call (808) 579-8414 or visit www.MBHR.org.