Life is a beautiful journey, but it comes with its share of challenges. Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, collectively known as mental health, plays a crucial role in shaping how we navigate those challenges. However, it is disheartening to realize that a concerning number of Americans face mental health issues regularly. One in five adults struggle with some form of mental health issue annually, while one in twenty experiences a severe condition within a year.
Unaddressed mental health problems can have a significant impact on one's life and their loved ones. In our effort to combat poverty and provide essential resources to those in Central Georgia, United Way offers programs that support mental well-being for individuals and families.
Parents as Teachers is a home visitation program that supports parents and caregivers in providing high-quality care for children aged 0-5. The program focuses on building strong relationships between parents and their children, promoting positive child development, and helping families access resources and support. By providing parents with the tools and knowledge they need to support their children's development, the program can help prevent the stress and anxiety that can arise when parents feel ill-equipped to meet their children's needs.
Read United engages volunteers in mentoring young children who are struggling with reading by providing one-on-one support and encouragement. Shockingly, 16.5% of U.S. youth in this age range struggle with some form of mental health issue every single year. By utilizing the AARP Foundation Experience Corps Volunteer program, seniors can engage in meaningful volunteer work while promoting mental wellness and supporting the literacy skills of children. This two-generation approach is a powerful tool for creating healthy, vibrant communities where everyone can thrive.
Pink Promise United is a program that focuses on breast cancer education and awareness, particularly among women who are under or uninsured in Central Georgia. The National Institute of Health tells us that those who develop chronic illnesses such as breast cancer are substantially more likely to develop a mental illness. The early detection screenings utilized by Pink Promise United can have a significant impact on a person's mental health, as they can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Volunteer United connects individuals and groups with meaningful volunteer opportunities that align with their interests and skills. Volunteering provides individuals with an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others, which can help foster a sense of fulfillment and happiness that can improve their own mental well-being. By engaging with our programs at United Way of Central Georgia, individuals can receive support, resources, and opportunities to make a positive impact on their community.
Through these programs, United Way is promoting the well-being of individuals and families in our community while also fostering a sense of purpose and community through volunteerism. By addressing mental health challenges and providing support, resources, and opportunities for individuals and families, we strive to build healthier, more resilient communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
If you're interested in learning more about our programs or how to get involved as a volunteer, search our website or contact us directly. Together, we can create a community that prioritizes mental well-being, supports one another, and paves the way for a brighter future.