May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Depression Bipolar Support Alliance in Solon recognizes the need to support those suffering from mental health challenges.
Sharon Rotblatt, president of DBSA, said she suffers from mental health stigma and works to help others who are affected, as well.
“I have both friends and family members who have struggled over the years with their mental health, and I actually just finished a master in social work,” said Rotblatt, who is a member of Solon Chabad. “I’m going into this not just as a volunteer, but as a career.”
Rotblatt has offered mental health services in Solon since 2013 to help adults and their caregivers who deal with mental health challenges.
“The biggest challenge that we have found is that people have become very isolated and don’t have other people to talk to and tend to really stay to themselves,” she said. “That’s why what we do with offering the support group and offering these social programs gives people the opportunity to get out and talk to people who understand the challenges they face.”
DBSA offers a weekly support group, a lending library, social events, yoga once a month and other programs.
“Everything we offer for people who have mental health challenges, we also offer the same services for people who are caregivers for someone who lives with mental illness,” Rotblatt said. “Whether it’s a spouse, a parent, a sibling, they’re welcome to come and get support and learn about these illnesses so that they can best support their loved one.”
For more information about mental health and DBSA, visit dbsasolon.org.
Shelbie Goulding was the Yoda Newton Editorial Intern at the Cleveland Jewish News.