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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Britain said a lot of patients are referred by physicians assistants at the Smith House that recognize signs of mental illness.

"That's why it's so helpful to have the multidisciplinary team approach under one roof," she said, recalling how a conference between herself, her patient, and one of the medical staff allowed for better communication about the patient's treatment for both physical and mental problems.

"Between the three of us, we got the history a little more clear for the doctor," said Britain. "The whole thing became more efficient for me and for him."

While many people wait until after a major crisis to seek help, Haverlick said he hopes to initiate more of a proactive approach in the community, educating people on things like parenting skills. Still, he emphasized that there's nothing wrong with feeling too stressed.

"It's very normal to have crises in our lives. Crises are what we grow up learning to cope with."

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