14, 2014 is Mental Health Day. Raising awareness about mental health can help
reduce stigma and lead to prevention, as well as increased support to those
who are affected. So, let’s take a look at some information about
1 in 4 adults in the United States experience a mental health disorder in any
given year. Mental illness can affect individuals of any race, religion,
gender, economic status, and cultural background.
the World Health Organization, approximately
20% of the world’s children and
adolescents experience mental health concerns.
- Suicide is the 10th leading
cause of death in the United States, with more than 38,000 people dying by
suicide each year. This is more than those who die by homicide.
advances in knowledge about mental health and efforts to raise awareness, a lot
of stigma remains. Many misconceptions exist regarding the nature of mental
illness and those affected. Probably the most damaging is the misconception
that mental illness is the result of personality flaws, weakness or laziness. Stigma
can lead to abuse, rejection, isolation, and hopelessness. Stigma can also
prevent individuals from seeking help.
are a number of effective treatments for mental illness, including cognitive behavioral therapy. According
to NAMI, between 70 and 90% of
individuals with mental illness experience symptom reduction and improved quality
of life with effective treatment, particularly a combination of pharmacological
treatment and psychosocial treatment and supports.
and family members can help. Acknowledging a loved one’s concerns and
respecting them as individuals is important. Reach out and provide the support
you can. Educate yourself about mental health, and do what you can to correct
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