May is Mental Health Awareness Month!


How is your mental health? And what about the mental health of your friends and family? 

Is it true that hundreds of thousands of people struggle with mental health issues? No way! 

Yes, this is true.

In fact, mental health issues can affect anyone and are more prevalent than most people believe. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shared the following facts about the prevalence of mental health issues:

In 2020, about:

  • One in 5 American adults experienced a mental health condition in a given year
  • One in 6 young people have experienced a major depressive episode
  • One in 20 Americans have lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression

Additionally, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. Suicide has accounted for the loss of more than 45,979 American lives in 2020, nearly double the number of lives lost to homicide. 

How can you help a friend, neighbor, family member...even yourself...struggling with mental health issues? Start by knowing the facts and who to call. You can start by picking up the phone and calling 211 or 988. 

Visionlink is built on the premise that technology can be used by people to give and get help, to connect assets to needs, and to build connections between organizations, volunteers, staff, and clients—during blue skies and grey. By doing so, we help organizations build resilient and successful service delivery systems. 

Many of our customers - 211s, 988s, and United Ways, provide direct services, support, and connections to many thousands of people around the country who are struggling with mental health issues right now.

Visionlink's CommunityOS® platform runs powerfully and quietly in the background, offering the most advanced technologies for coordinated assistance, exchanging data, managing, vetting, updating, publishing community services, and integrating with call center systems. 

Our customers are helping millions of people, with many thousands of staff and volunteers working in every state of the Union every day. What's stopping you from joining the Visionlink network. As we often say, working together we all work better. 

Visionlink. Humanitarians driven to build better connections for communities like yours under blue and grey skies. Join us!