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National Mental Health Awareness Week

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 5:55 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - This week is National Mental Health Awareness Week. Wyoming Behavioral Institute is committed to helping residents realize that it’s okay to not be okay, and there’s help available.

“There are professionals who can help with that. Sometimes you can do it on your own and there are resources for that but it’s better when people are really looking at it as a means of strength to go out and seek help as opposed to a sign of weakness that you need help. There’s nothing wrong with getting help,” said David Martorano, the associate medical director at WBI.

There are many resources in Natrona County that can help those struggling including WBI, Wyoming Medical Center, Central Wyoming Counseling Center, and private practitioners. Although there is a stigma around mental health, it is important to remember that your feelings do not make you different and you are not alone. Doctor Martorano encourages residents to always check in on your loved ones and yourself. Even those who appear strong can be fighting a battle they don’t show others.

“Recovery is easier if you can do it without having to hide it. You know, it doesn’t have to be done in the dark. You know, if you know somebody struggling and you listen, you can help direct them in the right areas too,” said Martorano.

If you are struggling and need assistance, call WBI at 800-457-9312. License professionals are available 24/7.

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