Friday, November 08, 2019
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Each year, the first full week in October has been designated as MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK to raise awareness, educate the public, fight stigma and help support children and adults living with a mental health condition. This year, the dates are October 6th through the 9th.
Here Are Some Statistics
- 19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
- 4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.
- 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
- 3.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018 (9.2 million people)
Rates Of Mental Health Illnesses in the US
- Major Depressive Episode: 7.2% (17.7 million people)
- Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (estimated 7 million people)
- Anxiety Disorders: 19.1% (estimated 48 million people)
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)
- Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people
Mental Illnesses Are Real Disorders
Mental health illnesses are real neurobiological disorders - and cannot be willed away, ignored or reduced with tough love or encouraging remarks by loved ones. Stigma prevents many children and adults from getting the care needed.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Sunday, September 01, 2019
September 10, 2019 is World Suicide Awareness Day.
Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. This means suicide is responsible for almost one million deaths every year across the globe.
Another way to look at this is how Dr. Catherine Le Galès-Camus, from the World Health Organization , describes the rate of suicide each year: "Worldwide, more people die from suicide than from all homicides and wars combined."
Click here for warning signs you can learn about.
Psych Central offers a great list of suicide resources as does the International Association for Suicide Prevention
URGENT TELEPHONE CELL PHONE CONTACT
Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, every day, to help you or someone you love find help.
1800 273 TALK
1800 273 8255
URGENT CELL PHONE TEXT CONTACT
If you would rather text than talk, the Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, every day.
Text HELLO to 741741 to connect
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Monday, June 24, 2019
can occur in children and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This can include a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder.
Facts About PTSD
- An estimated 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives.
- Upwards of 40% of girls and boys experience at least one trauma as a child or adolescent.
- Among people who are experience or witness a severe traumatic experience, 60 – 80% will develop PTSD.
- An estimated 1 out of 10 women will get PTSD at some time in their lives.
- Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel experiences PTSD.
- PTSD increases the risk for suicide, especially if it is undiagnosed or untreated.
Link here for PTSD tools and resources.