Mental Health Awareness
Mental Health Facts
1 in 5 (46.6 million) adults in the United States experience a mental health condition in a given year.
1 in 25 (11.2 million) adults in the United States experience a serious mental illness in a given year.
Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
Up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness as revealed by psychological autopsy. 46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental illness.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. With effective care, suicidal thoughts are treatable, and suicide is preventable.
Individuals with mental health conditions face an average 11-year delay between experiencing symptoms and starting treatment.
Common barriers to treatment include the cost of mental health care and insurance, prejudice and discrimination, and structural barriers like transportation.
Even though most people can experience relief from symptoms and support for their recovery in treatment, less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need.
What is Stigma?
People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.
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.
Find your local NAMI. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
CALL THE NAMI HELPLINE
or visit their website www.nami.org
Youth and Mental Health
Adults are not the only ones who suffer from Mental Health issues. Youth are just as susceptible to mental illness. Parents need to recognize the clues that may come with emotional/ social struggles that their child may be dealing with. Addressing these clues may be the difference of a healthy future or a lifelong burden. Start by asking yourself these questions:
Is your child is having more difficulty at school?
Is your child is hitting or bullying other children?
Is your child attempting to injure themselves?
Is your child avoiding friends and family?
Is your child experiencing frequent mood swings?
Is your child experiencing intense emotions such as angry outbursts or extreme fear?
Is your child lacking energy or motivation?
Is your child having difficulty concentrating?
Is your child having difficulty sleeping or having a lot of nightmares?
Is your child having a lot of physical complaints?
Is your child neglecting their appearance?
Is your child obsessed with their weight, shape, or appearance?
Is your child is eating significantly more or less than usual?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to start talking with your child and their primary care physician about the best course of action.