Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 4 thru 10th October 4, 2009Posted by Crazy Mermaid in mental illness, NAMI.
Tags: mental illness, NAMI
October 4-10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, dedicated to public education about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Mental illness is a medical illness. No one is immune. About 60 million Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. One in 17 lives with the most serious illnesses.
Treatment works, but it can take 10 years, between the onset of symptoms and getting help. Half of cases begin by age 14, but less than half of children or adults get help when they need it. People with serious mental illness live 25 years less than other people.
Learn more about mental illness and symptoms at www.nami.org. Talk with your doctor if you or a loved shows warning signs.
Fight for community mental health care. Watch PBS’s new program Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness: www.mindsontheedge.com. If nothing else, rent DVDs of the movies Canvas and The Soloist and discuss them with family and friends. Let’s learn and watch out for each other.
(From NAMI’s “Letter to the Editor” marketing package)