Millions of people in the U.S. alone are affected by mental illnesses.
Millions of people in the U.S. alone are affected by mental illnesses, such as major depression, general or social anxiety, bipolar, posttraumatic stress disorder, and so many others that may not be as well known to you. During Mental Illness Awareness week this October, we want to dedicate time to continue ending the stigma towards mental health disorders, as they are much more common than you may know. NAMI, the Nation Alliance on Mental Illness, reported that one in every five adults experience mental illness every year; while one in every six youth, aged between six and seventeen, experience mental illness every year, as well (June 2022).
How you can help with continuing to end stigma around mental illness:
While suffering from mental illness is common, it can still be very easy to feel alone while struggling through the various symptoms. It is crucial to continue reaching out to your social supports, maintain regular contact with your doctors, and participate in routine therapeutic sessions.
Valley Professionals Community Health Center: Home for all your healthcare needs
National Suicide Hotline: Text/Call 988 and be directed to a trained crisis counselor
Substance Use and Mental Health National Hotline: (800)-662-4357
Mental Health by the Numbers. National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2022, June). https://nami.org/mhstats
Destiny Budd, LMHCA
Mental health counseling can benefit people struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns. In therapy, people learn to cope with symptoms that may not respond to treatment right away. Research shows the benefits of therapy last longer than medication alone.