Blog 5/8/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.

The facts:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness.
  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well.

Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us. Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions.

National Council and SAMHSA to Host Informational Webinars Stigma. Fear. Lack of awareness about mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Inability to access services that can help.

There are many reasons why individuals with mental illnesses and addictions don’t get the treatment they need, but these shouldn’t be among them. Everyone can be the difference.



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