By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 31, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- For the first time in our area, groups who provide mental health services in our community have released new data. They say depression and anxiety are higher here than the national norm.
The Mental Health Council thinks it has to do with the high number of students in the area. They said one of the top reasons for ER admissions locally is mental health or stress related issues.
"These are a set of illnesses that, when they're left untreated, can cause enormous damage in terms of personal lives, economic damage to the community, and in terms of ripple effect with employment, with kids, and other things like that," said Jay Reeve, chair of the Mental Health Council.
The Mental Health Council also released a four point plan which includes a strategy to connect people who need help with those who can give it. They're trying to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental health.