Pittsburgh-based behavioral health provider Dr. Kaleigh Bantum is part of our Quartet community. For Mental Health Month, we asked Kaleigh to share her perspective on the challenges stemming from mental health and the need to instill hope for those who are suffering:
In reflecting on Mental Health Month this May, I think about what mental health means to me. As the Co-Clinical Director of a behavioral healthcare provider, I sincerely believe that mental health is critical to an individual’s overall health. It is the way we think, feel, and act.
Mental Health Month serves as a time for us to refocus our advocacy for services individuals need and deserve. In the past, I often encountered individuals and families who had spent much of their time navigating uncharted territory due to the stigma that exists around mental health. I think of these times and my current practice, and I am thankful for the progress that has been made in the field of mental health.
Each day, I, along with my colleagues, strive to provide high-quality, evidence-based mental health services for those in need. I am focused on providing services that reduce stigma and foster resiliency. Mental Health Month is a reminder to continue to instill hope in every person that leaves my office. This is my pursuit not only during May, but every month and day that I practice so that individuals may live their lives with hope and happiness.