Area nonprofits say mental health needs are growing as the Huntsville-area population soars

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville was recently named the best city to live by US News and World Report. It is also now the largest city in the state. As the population grows, nonprofits in the area say there is also a need to address mental health.

According to United Way of Madison County, there are many things people need to think about to maintain the city’s top ranking. Cathy Miller of United Way of Madison County says that in the wake of the pandemic, mental health care and mental health resources must be a priority.

“I don’t care who you are on the planet, you’ve been affected by this pandemic because these outside forces have stressed us out, and sometimes that triggers a mental health issue,” Miller said. “One of our partners, Family Services Center, has a counseling program and they say it’s a tsunami coming.”

Miller says there are many who are already struggling.

“We see drug addiction, overdoses rising, we see suicide rates rising,” she said.

There are many ways groups attempt to meet mental health needs. The Madison County Youth Services Council is a nonprofit sector networking group that serves families and children. On Friday, September 9, the Madison County Youth Services Council hosts its annual breakfast.

“It’s 9 a.m. to noon. People can come around 8:30 p.m., meet people, see sales people talking about mental health issues, hear three great speakers. They are going to give us some very practical insights into how we can help our young people overcome these challenges that we never had to go through as adults and it affects their mental health,” Miller said.

Breakfast will be at Cooper House in Huntsville. It starts at 9:00 a.m.