Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 2-8 2011 October 5, 2011Posted by Crazy Mermaid in mental illness, NAMI.
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October 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. MIAW is a time to learn about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
One in four adults experiences a mental disorder in any given year. One in 17 adults lives with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
MIAW is especially important this year as severe budget cuts threaten mental health services in many communities around the country. People who do not receive treatment end up in hospitals, shelters, in jail or dead.
Learn more about mental illness and support, education and advocacy to improve the lives of individuals affected by serious mental illnesses at www.nami.org. Please join the public dialogue during MIAW.
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.
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)